We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Secrets and Lies

9th October 2016, 15:30 to 16:30, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery), Richard T Kelly and Sean O’Brien

A Durham Book Festival event, chaired by Dr James Smith.

Join two of the North East’s most acclaimed writers, Richard T Kelly and Sean O’Brien, as they read from and discuss their new novels.

Richard T Kelly’s The Knives makes riveting drama out of the big political arguments of our time. An ex-soldier from a modest background, Home Secretary David Blaylock has a life story that the public respects. Privately though, he carries pain and remorse. A solitary figure in a high-pressure world, Blaylock is never sure whom he can trust. Constantly in his mind is the danger of an attack on Britain’s streets.

Sean O’Brien’s Once Assembled Here Againoffers a dramatic evocation of time, place and a community closing ranks to conceal the truth. Stephen Maxwell has retired from a lifetime spent teaching history at his alma mater. As he writes the official history of Blake’s, a minor public school steeped in military tradition, he also reveals how, 40 years ago, a secret conflict dating from the Second World War re-enacted itself among staff and pupils, when fascism once more made its presence felt, with violent results.

Related Links


Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Find out more on our Events page.


Many of our public lectures, seminars and conferences are recorded, and can be listened to as podcasts.

Follow English Studies on Social Media

Research English At Durham Facebook Twitter Mixcloud

Next Event