Thank you to everyone who attended Durham Book Festival 2021 either online or in-person. Many of our commissions are still available to view online – from a climate-change themed self-guided walk of the Durham Heritage Coast to Lisette Auton’s powerful film: Writing the Missing – All at Sea, which pushes the creative boundaries of access, words and kindness.

We’ve also got some brilliant podcasts that you can listen to: Sleep Stories featuring writers Salena Godden, Jenn Ashworth and Andrew McMillan and In Our Element a series that sees poet Linda France exploring climate change in conversation with a range of activists, engineers, conservations and thinkers from around the world.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back again in October 2022!

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In 2021, Durham Book Festival will take place as a hybrid festival with both live in-person events at the Gala Theatre and a full digital programme online.

History of the festival 31 years of opening minds

Founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals. For many years it was a well-kept secret in the region’s cultural calendar, but it has grown significantly in recent years. The festival is now part of Durham County Council’s festival programme, and since 2011 has been produced by New Writing North, with support from Durham University and Arts Council England, as well as a range of trusts and foundations and corporate sponsors.


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