7-15 October 2017

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Introducing our Residencies

Reader in Residence: Andy Miller

Following the success of Andy Miller’s sell-out event at Durham Book Festival 2015, we’re delighted to invite the author of The Year of Reading Dangerously back as our Reader in Residence. Look out for Andy at events throughout the first weekend of the festival, including his first event An Hour of Reading Dangerously.

Vlogger in Residence: Jen Campbell

Jen Campbell is the Sunday Times-bestselling author of the Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series, and The Bookshop Book. She’s also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry pamphlet The Hungry Ghost Festival is published by The Rialto, and her first children’s book is forthcoming from Thames and Hudson. Jen has worked in the book trade for ten years, and has over 20,000 followers on her YouTube channel, where she talks about all things books. We’re thrilled to have Jen as our Vlogger in Residence. Throughout the festival she will be vlogging about our events and interviewing authors. You can watch her videos on our videos page or on her YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/jenvcampbell

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 be in residence at 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.

Publisher in Residence: Unbound

We are proud to host Unbound, the crowd-funded publishing house, as this year’s Publisher in Residence. We have worked with Unbound to programme interesting and innovative events throughout the festival: look out for the Unbound logo.

Songwriter in Residence: Kathryn Williams and Friends

This year’s major book festival commission brings together a group of leading singer-songwriters with a group of exceptional poets and novelists to collaborate on a special songwriting project, the results of which will be premiered at the festival.

Mercury Prize-nominated Kathryn Williams and musician friends including Michele Stodart from The Magic Numbers and acclaimed singersongwriter Tom McRae will lead a group of poets and novelists on an intensive threeday songwriting retreat in Durham.

Paul Farley is a Professor of Poetry at Lancaster University and has won both the Whitbread and Forward prizes. Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists, who has also appeared as a guest and writer for many BBC radio programmes. Laura Barnett is a freelance journalist whose debut novel, The Versions of Us, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Kirsty Logan is the author of two story collections – A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales – and a novel, The Gracekeepers.

At the event, the artists will preview their new work and discuss their collaboration with Claire Malcolm.

Festival Laureate: Helen Mort

Each year Durham Book Festival works in partnership with Durham University to invite an acclaimed poet to fulfil the role of Festival Laureate. This year we are delighted to welcome Helen Mort to the festival. At her special event, Helen will premiere a specially commissioned poem, inspired by Durham and the people who live there, as well as reading from her latest poetry collection, No Map Could Show Them. Helen will also be visiting four local secondary schools while she is in Durham, as well as reading for Durham University students.

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection, Division Street, which explored subjects including the Miners’ Strike, was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the TS Eliot Prize and in 2014 won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize.