This year the festival is growing in size and scope to include a second full festival weekend and extended work with venues and partners across County Durham and guests including Linwood Barclay, Simon Armitage, Lucy Worsley, Alan Johnson, Mark Watson, Rachel Joyce, Jeremy Vine and Lynda La Plante plus a specially-commissioned family show adapted from Val McDermid’s My Granny is a Pirate.
As ever the programme is a dynamic mix of leading writers and speakers, home-grown talent and a remarkable programme of new commissions from writers, filmmakers and musicians, where the festival organisers have invited leading artists to come and make work for the festival.
The Durham Book Festival will also be launching their first day of events for schools, presenting events suitable for age groups across the curriculum. Additionally, there is an extension to the programme for young people who are interested in writing and literature by hosting the Cuckoo Young Writers’ Pop-up Shop, an exciting collection of reading and writing activities for teenagers which will run alongside the core programme.
Due to popular demand, the festival will be bringing back the gigantic Big Book Swap on the final day and making all of the festival author events free on that day. Last time round over a thousand books were swapped in two hours and expectations are to be just as busy this year.
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When: Tuesday 24th September – Tuesday 29th October 2013
Where: County Durham, various locations.
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