Brace yourself for a wealth of culture at Durham’s annual Book Festival which will take place between 7-15th October at venues including Durham Cathedral, Town Hall and Gala Theatre.
Top politicians, actors, comedians and journalists will appear at the regional event, all promoting their new releases through charismatic talks and Q&A’s.
Founded in 1990, the festival is one of the oldest literary events on the culture calendar, having grown significantly in recent years with the participation of literary giants Philip Pullman, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Morpurgo, Simon Armitage and Anthony Horowitz.
It’s run by Durham County Council, with support from Durham University, and since 2011 has been produced by New Writing North – a development agency for creative writing in the North of England.
This year’s festival will include actor and comedian, Robert Webb – best known for his role in dark comedy series, Peep Show. Webb will be introducing his memoirs, ‘How Not To Be A Boy’, as he reflects upon his difficulties growing up as a sensitive child in the 80s, whilst slipping in his own trademark humour.
Other acts include Women’s Hour presenter, Jenni Murray, as she discusses her new book ‘ A History Of Britain in 21 Women’, which celebrates the achievements of female revolutionaries through time.
Interviewer, June Sarpong, will also retell her experiences of interviewing some of the world’s biggest icons, compressed in her book, ‘Diversify’.
There will be a stunning poetry showcase from T.S. Eliot prize winner, Sinead O’ Morrissey, as well as Colette Bryce and Tara Bergin, plus political talks from Labour MP, Rachel Reeves, and political activist, John O’ Farrell. Sir Tony Robinson will also introduce his autobiography, spanning his stellar career from Oliver! To Blackadder.
For further information about the event, including the full lineup and ticket information, please head to durhambookfestival.com right away.