Become a Reviewer in Residence at Durham Book Festival 2019

30 July 2019

Our esteemed Reviewers in Residence programme is back again for Durham Book Festival 2019 and you have a chance to get involved.

Are you aged between 15-23?

Do you want behind-the-scenes access to festival events, along with the opportunity to hone your feature writing, vlogging and interviewing skills?

You will join our boot camp for workshops with media professionals, have access to festival events, and have the chance to interview our headline artists (with a bundle of books to boot!). As part of our Reviewers in Residence team you will be writing, vlogging and podcasting throughout the festival for the official Durham Book Festival website.

It’s an unmissable opportunity to see how a book festival runs, improve your journalism skills and do some networking with the literati, so if you’re interested in journalism, broadcasting, publishing or editing this is the role for you!


You will need to be based in the North of England and available for both key dates (listed below) and during the Durham Book Festival (5-13 October 2019).


Saturday 14 September 2019 (times TBC)

Journalism Boot Camp at Durham Palace Green Library.

Industry professionals and artists will share their diverse experiences of the literary world and teach you the essential tricks of the trade. This gives you room to brush up on the tools you will be using throughout the festival with world-class artists!

Thursday 3 October 2019 (6:00pm – 6.45pm)

Festival Briefing at Durham Town Hall.

Behind-the-scenes introduction to the Festival with Rebecca Wilkie (Senior Programme Manager – Festivals and Events) and Laura Fraine (Senior Marketing and Communications Manager).

To apply, please complete this online application form.

DEADLINE: 31 August 2019

If you have questions or queries, please email:

Successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday 4 September.

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