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Durham Book Festival returns for 2018

(6 August 2018)

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers. The Festival will take place between 5-14 October and tickets are on sale now.

The Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North; and the University is a core funder alongside Arts Council England. The University is proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship and will be hosting numerous events and exhibitions. Many University researchers will be speaking at the Festival, either about their own work or that of other authors and thinkers. 

Headline guests this year include Sarah Waters, David Olusoga, Sarah Perry, Pat Barker, Alan Johnson, and returning former Festival Laureates Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage. The packed programme will include a diverse roster of speakers, genres and events. For more information, and to buy tickets, please visit

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