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Top writers to visit Durham for Book Festival

(9 August 2019)

Some of your favourite writers are coming to Durham for the City’s Book Festival this October.

Chocolat author Joanne Harris, Captain Correli’s Mandolin writer Louis de Bernières, Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín, feminist activist Caroline Criado Perez, BBC broadcasters Kirsty Wark and Carrie Gracie, and poet Roger McGough are among those lined up.

Festival facts…

The Durham Book Festival 2019 runs from 5 to 13 October.

Over 100 writers, artists and thinkers will take part.

There will be over 80 events, at venues across Durham.

Tickets are on sale now, at

Playing our part: sharing, hosting, sponsoring

We love books, we’ve got some great writers, artists and thinkers among our staff and students, and we’re passionate about making literature accessible to all. So we’re proud to be sponsoring the Festival.

Many of your lecturers will be speaking or performing, we’re hosting lots of events, and we’re sponsoring the Festival Laureate, poet Raymond Antrobus, who’ll be running a special event just for students.

Don’t miss the Durham University Showcase, featuring some of our most exciting writers and teachers – at St Chad’s College Chapel, on Saturday 12 October, at 2pm.

And for your chance to get really stuck into the Festival, why not help out by volunteering? Keep an eye on the Festival website for opportunities.

However you get involved, have a great time!