This year Durham Book Festival will be running throughout the month of October and in venues across County Durham. The festival has grown in size and scope to include a second full festival weekend and extended work with venues and partners across County Durham.
The programme includes a dynamic mix of leading writers and speakers, home-grown talent and a remarkable programme of new commissions from writers, filmmakers and musicians.
Here are just a few of the events that we thought might be of interest to Fiction Uncovered followers:
During this year’s festival the Cuckoo Young Writers are taking over Empty Shop HQ and turning it into the Cuckoo Shop, a festival base for young people aged 14-25. With Benjamin Markovits (Sat 19) on writing hints and tips and Matt Haig on his latest book The Humans (Sun 13) plus many more.
Sat 12 October
From William Blake to Hilary Mantel, the phenomenon of hearing a voice that no one else can hear has been frequently associated with creativity. Voicewalks is a special issue of StepAway Magazine that gathers ten works on the idea of voice-hearing and walking in cities. Iain Sinclair, renowned writer, author of American Smoke, and pioneer of British psychogeography, will read his contribution to the collection. Chaired by Dr Angela Woods, co-director of the Hearing the Voice project.
Wed 2 October
One of Britain’s best-loved poets is once again returning to speak at Durham festival at an event which is open to both schools and the public, in Durham Johnston Comprehensive School. Simon was born in West Yorkshire and is professor of poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published ten collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (2001), Seeing Stars (2010), his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007) and more recently The Death of King Arthur (2012). A broadcaster and presenter, he also writes extensively for television and radio, is the author of two novels, the best-selling memoir All Points North, and Walking Home (2013). In 2010 he received a CBE for services to poetry.