The Big Read is a long-running campaign at Durham Book Festival which celebrates the joy of reading.
Each year, thousands of books are gifted to people from across County Durham, inviting them to read for pleasure and be part of a shared moment for the county.
Durham Book Festival distributes free copies to schools, the University, libraries, community centres, food banks, prisons, and business around the County each year. We also work with targeted groups to provide shared reading sessions. During the festival we host a special Big Read event with that year’s author, and you can watch these filmed events for free below.
Previous Big Read titles have included Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and Written in Blood, a specially commissioned Vera short story by Ann Cleeves for Durham Book Festival 2020.