9-18 October 2020

The 2021 Durham Book Festival will take place between the 9-17 October. We’re currently putting together a range of digital and live events that we can’t wait to share with you in the Autumn.

We’re very much hoping that we’ll be able to welcome you back in person for some events at the Gala Theatre and are working with colleagues at Durham County Council to make sure that this is done as safely as possible. We’ll also have a range of digital events for people to watch from the comfort of their home, wherever in the world they may be.

We’ll announce our programme on 19 August. You can sign up to our newsletter above.

In the meantime, you can catch up on podcasts from the 2020 programme here, including the Writing Durham series featuring DBC Pierre and Pat Barker. You can also listen to a guided walk which takes you on a literary pilgrimage of Durham here.

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In 2020, due to Covid-19, Durham Book Festival will take place online. The festival traditionally takes place in and around the beautiful city of Durham each October.

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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