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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


12th October 2019, 14:30 to 15:30, St Chad's College Chapel, Naomi Booth and Sunjeev Sahota

Meet two of the talented authors who are new arrivals to our Department, at this Durham Book Festival event.

Naomi Booth’s debut novel, Sealed, is a gripping modern fable on motherhood, which offers a terrifying portrait of ordinary people under threat from their own bodies and from the world around them. It was shortlisted for the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker’ Award in 2018.

Sunjeev Sahota’s debut novel, Ours are the Streets, was a powerful story of political radicalisation. His second and most recent novel, The Year of the Runaways, tells the story of a group of Indian labourers working in Sheffied, thrown together by circumstance. It was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and awarded a European Union Prize for Literature in 2017.

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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