7-15 October 2017

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Introducing our Residencies

Reader in Residence: Andy Miller

Always hilarious and a firm festival favourite, writer and broadcaster Andy Miller is back by popular demand, as the festival’s Reader in Residence! See his event Author Confidential.

Journalist in Residence: Anita Sethi

This year we’re delighted to welcome the festival’s first Journalist in Residence! Anita Sethi will be chairing events during the festival and interviewing speakers, as well as blogging and holding a special masterclass for Cuckoo Young Writers.

Anita is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for publications including The Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Granta and New Statesman and appeared on BBC radio.

Find out more about Anita www.anitasethi.co.uk.

Reviewers in Residence: Cuckoo Review

Cuckoo Review is an online arts and culture magazine for the North of England, run by New Writing North’s young people’s programme, Cuckoo Young Writers. There, young journalists aged 15–23 cast a critical eye on the latest cultural offerings in the region and beyond. Cuckoo Reviewers will return once again to this year’s festival, writing about events and interviewing authors. Their reviews will be published on our blog and www.cuckooreview.com. If you’re aged 15-23 and are interested in being a Cuckoo Reviewer, email cuckoo@newwritingnorth.com to find out how to take part.

Festival Laureate: Andrew McMillan

Each year Durham Book Festival works in partnership with Durham University to invite an acclaimed poet to become the Festival Laureate. This year we are delighted to welcome Andrew McMillan to the role.

As well as presenting a newly commissioned poem at the festival, Andrew will also work with young people from secondary schools in Durham and take part in a special event for Durham University students.

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh Award and a Northern Writers’ Award.

Andrew will be presenting and taking part in the event Rich Seams: A New Generation of Poets from the North.