9-18 October 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2020 Durham Book Festival online in October. We’ve loved connecting with audiences from all over the world and sharing Durham Book Festival more widely than ever before!

Although the 2020 programme is now over, you can still listen to our podcasts, including the Writing Durham series featuring DBC Pierre and Pat Barker, New Narratives for the North East and the festival team’s favourite Autumn reads.

If you’ve missed visiting Durham in person this year (I know we have!), you can listen to this guided walk, which takes you on a literary pilgrimage of Durham.

Finally, you can read reviews of many of the festival events from our team of young reviewers-in-residence here.

We’re looking forward to bringing you another Durham Book Festival in 2021 but in the meantime, if you’re able to donate to support the future of the festival you can do so here.

Thank you for all your support, the Durham Book Festival team

About the festival Join the conversation

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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