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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.

Durham Book Festival

The Porpoise

9th October 2019, 19:00 to 20:00, Gala Theatre, Mark Haddon and Simon James

Mark Haddon's introduces his new novel, Porpoise, in conversation with Professor Simon James. A Durham Book Festival event.

Mark Haddon is one of our best-loved authors whose worldwide hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won multiple awards and is now an acclaimed stage play.

Mark’s latest novel, The Porpoise, is inspired by Shakespeare’s Pericles. When a newborn baby is the sole survivor of a plane crash, she is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father. When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. Forced to run for his life, he escapes aboard The Porpoise, an assassin on his tail…

This is just one of more than 80 events taking place during Durham Book Festival. Be sure to browse the full programme.

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