7-16 October 2016

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Durham Book Festival will return between 7-16 October 2016. We hope to see you there!

Philip Pullman at Durham Book Festival 2015


We were thrilled to welcome Philip Pullman  to the 2015 Durham Book Festival, to talk about his work. We  distributed 3000 copies of his modern classic novel, Northern Lights, all around County Durham as part of our Big Read campaign and encouraged people of all ages  to share and enjoy the book. Philip’s event sold out very quickly and  many people were not able to get tickets, so we hope you enjoy this recording of his appearance on 17 October at the Gala Theatre, Durham.

New Writing North’s Cuckoo Young Writers served as brilliant reviewers-in-residence for many 2015 festival events. You can read their take on events ranging from Andy Miller’s hilarious ‘Read y’self Fitter’ to feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez in conversation at our festival blog. Renowned blogger Simon Savidge of Savidge Reads live-blogged throughout our opening festival weekend. You can find out what he got up to here.

We’ll see you again in 2016!

Rebecca Wilkie (Festival Programme Manager)


Listen to some highlights from 2015