Durham Book Festival returns from 9-17 October 2021!

Our hybrid programme offers in-person events at the Gala Theatre alongside a full digital programme of events, films, podcasts and essays. We can’t wait to see you again in person and online for #DBF21

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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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