The annual book festival returns with guests including Bill Bryson, Philip Pullman, Lauren Laverne, Mary Portas, Vince Cable, Sean O’Brien, Caroline Criado-Perez, Pat Barker and many more.
The programme for the 2015 Durham Book Festival is announced today at a special launch on Palace Green. The launch brings the Frozen North to Durham with an incredible life-size polar bear entertaining families, while book festival organisers distribute free copies of Northern Lights by award-winning author Philip Pullman.
Durham Book Festival is a Durham County Council festival produced by New Writing North with support from Durham University and Arts Council England. This year’s festival takes place from 6-17 October across County Durham, and begins with Durham Book Festival for Schools at Durham Johnston School on Tuesday 6 October, featuring picture book authors Simon Bartram and Pip Jones and Costa-winning author of Five Children on the Western Front, Kate Saunders.
Events will be taking place in venues across the city, including Gala Theatre, Durham Town Hall and Palace Green Library, as well as libraries and community centres across the county.
Durham Book Festival sent broadcaster and journalist Lauren Laverne to the current Yves Saint Laurent Style is Eternal exhibition at Bowes Museum. She will be reporting back at the festival, as well as discussing women’s broader relationship with fashion with fashion editor Laura Craik. Caroline Criado-Perez will talk women’s rights campaigners around the world, as well as her own story as a feminist activist and her book Do it Like a Woman. Mary Portas’s memoir Shop Girl moves from her very ordinary 1970s childhood to the glamour of window dressing for Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
The winner of the Gordon Burn Prize, which celebrates bold, fearless fiction and non-fiction, will be announced on Friday 9 October at Durham Town Hall. Guests will receive a special North East cocktail courtesy of Durham Distillery and will hear readings from the shortlisted authors, who have been announced as Dan Davies (In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile); Honor Gavin (Midland); Romesh Guneskera (Noon Tide Toll); Richard King (Original Rockers); and Peter Pomerantsev (Nothing is True and Everything is Possible).