Welcome to Durham Book Festival 2022, we’re looking forward to connecting communities across County Durham through reading.

This year the festival will bring Millennium Place to life between 13 and 16 October, with events at the Gala Theatre and Clayport Library, where you’ll see best-selling writers, homegrown talent and leading thinkers discussing their work, alongside new films and commissions and the announcement of the Gordon Burn Prize.

Be sure to pick up a free copy of our specially published (and Durham-set!) Big Read story by crime-writing sensation LJ Ross and look out for the Little Read picture book, Polonius the Pit Pony, by Richard O’Neill in schools and community centres across the County.

This year we are live streaming events from the Gala and working with StageText to make all our events accessible to everyone. So, if you can’t make it to Durham, you can also join us from the comfort of your own home.

About the festival Join the conversation

Durham Book Festival takes place in and around the beautiful city of Durham each October. In 2022, the festival will take place at Gala Durham and Clayport Library. Many events will be live-streamed so if you are unable to make it to Durham, you can also watch from home.

History of the festival 32 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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