Photo: Kit de Waal by Sarah M Lee
New Writing North submits a profile Durham Honorable Book Festival In places across town this month, with accessible options Via live broadcast Available for many events. Local libraries will stock festival titles, and the Big Little Read initiative allows free books to be distributed. Opportunities abound to experience walks, talks, performances, readings, films and commissions prepared exclusively for the festival..
The announcement of the Gordon Byrne Prize winner, a celebration of fiction and non-fiction defying tradition, is among its many exclusive events; This year’s selected authors are Margo Jefferson, David Whitehouse, Pretty Taneja and GraeLee McCray BurnettR Lia Yebi (Gala Theatre, Thursday 13The tenth). International best-selling crime writer LJ Ross has written a new short story for the festival, The Mystery Of The Vanishing Mayor, 3,000 copies of which will be distributed across the county and will be in conversation with Dr. Jackie Collins (Gala Theatre, Saturday 15The tenth).
In 2019, the DBF declared a climate emergency, drawing attention to the turbulent relationship between writing and the climate crisis. As part of this initiative, New Writing North climate writer Linda France is creating projects that aim to start conversations and encourage us all to respond to the climate crisis. The launch of her new book, Startling, is based on writing from her three-year residency (Collected Bookshop, Friday 14The tenth). France is also inviting the public to write their own message to express their feelings about the climate crisis: a selection that will be displayed in the Clayport Library installation.
Opportunities abound to experience walks, talks, performances, readings, films and commissions prepared exclusively for the festival.
Also topping the list of recommended events is a conversation with contemporary fantasy writers Natasha Brown and Jessica Andrews, who discuss their acclaimed novels (Gala Theatre, Sat. 15The tenth); Music . fans will be happy in accident From Bob Stanley for his new book, Let’s Do It: The Birth of Pop. Journalist and member of indie dance troupe Saint Etienne paints a fascinating audio picture of pop music’s formative years (Gala Theater Studio, Fri 14The tenth); FProminent writer and activist Laura Bates will tell us more about her new book on systemic and institutional bias, offering concrete paths forward. (Gala Theatre, Friday 14The tenth); There is a display of the works of three exceptional poets, Zaffar Konial, Don Patterson and Djna Stone (Gala Theater Studio, Sunday 16The tenth); And the nList of eggs and eDetour Kate de Waal will talk about her new memoir without warning & Just occasionally, it’s set in a mix of Irish, Caribbean and British realms in Birmingham in the 1960s. (Gala Theatre, Saturday 15The tenth).
TFrom leading non-fiction writers, Helen Mort, Nina Mingia Bowles, and Amanda Thompsonsproduction of their work in Fields of Nature Writing and Memoirs (Gala Theater Studio, Sunday 16The tenth); For those inclined to modern poetry, broadcaster and writer Jeremy Fine will talk about landscapes WH Auden and County Durham (Theater Gala, Saturday 15The tenth); For those with visual minds, Lisette Otton and Rob Irish present the closing film at DBF commissioned Write the missing tRheology which is going to be followed by a discussion between North of the new writingClaire Malcolm And Aton herself (Gala stageAnd the Saturday 15thThe tenth); And the In a scientific light, Professor Jeroen van Hoenen and Dr. Charlotte Adams will present research on the role of abandoned mines in decarbonizing heat and the impact of these historic structures on green energy in the Northeast (Gala Theater Studio, Saturday 15The tenth).
The Durham Book Festival takes place at various venues in Durham from Thursday the 13th to Sunday 16thThe tenth October.