Durham Book Festival 2014

Events for schools

Durham Book Festival is pleased to announce events especially for schools on 6 & 7 October 2014, open now for early booking. Click here for details of how to join authors including Meg Rosoff and Daljit Nagra for two days of special events at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School.


Durham Book Festival 2014 programme launch
Durham Castle: Tuesday 12 August, 6.30pm-8.30pm


We’ll be releasing the full programme on the website on Wednesday 13 August, but if you can’t wait there are a limited number of tickets for the Durham Book Festival launch available to the public.

This year’s festival will include our usual line-up of world-class authors, poets and thinkers, as well as a host of exciting new commissions. Guests at the launch party will be the very first people to discover what the 2014 programme will contain.

Following drinks and canapés in the Castle courtyard, we invite you to join us in the Great Hall for an introduction to what’s in store for audiences at this year’s festival, including a Durham ‘Big Read’ and commissions from writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, Gordon Burn Prize winner Benjamin Myers, and writer Michael Chaplin.

This year we are delighted to introduce best-selling author Richard Benson, who will talk about his acclaimed new book, The Valley, the story of four generations of his mother’s family in a Dearne Valley mining community. 30 years on from the Miners’ Strike of 1984, The Valley is a fascinating history of the mining community, combining portrayals of social injustice with a genuine family saga. Richard is the author of number one bestseller The Farm, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and a Richard and Judy book club choice.

Public tickets are very limited and are just £15. You can get your tickets at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/durham-book-festival-2014-launch-event-public-tickets-12120764533.