Please join us in the beautiful surroundings of Durham Castle, as we launch the programme for the 2013 Durham Book Festival.
This year, for the first time ever, we're able to make a very limited number of tickets for the launch available to the public.
This year’s festival will include our usual line-up of world-class authors, poets and thinkers, as well as a host of exciting new commissions. Guests at the launch party will be the very first people to discover both what the 2013 programme will contain and to hear the announcement of the shortlist for the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.
Following drinks and canapés in the Castle courtyard, we invite you to join us in the Great Hall for an introduction to what’s in store for audiences at this year’s festival, including commissions from poets Stevie Ronnie and Linda France, who will present some of their new work, inspired by their trips to Australia and the Arctic respectively.
We will also be introducing our writer in residence for The Ashes, who we are hosting in partnership with Durham County Cricket Club to mark the occasion of this legendary sporting event being held in Durham for the first time.
We are delighted to welcome award-winning author David Peace, to launch his much-anticipated new novel, Red or Dead, a revolutionary novel about a revolutionary man, Bill Shankly, perhaps the first great football manager of the Modern Age. David’s other novels include the Red Riding Quartet, The Damned Utd and Tokyo Year Zero. Although born and raised in Yorkshire, David will travel to Durham from his home in Tokyo, making this event an extra-special one.
The Durham Book Festival takes place across County Durham throughout the month of October with a core programme of events 12-20 October. You’ll be able to see the full programme online at www.durhambookfestival.com and book tickets from 8 August, after the exclusive launch.
Durham Book Festival is proud to be funded by Durham County Council, Arts Council England and Durham University, alongside a range of other sponsors.
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New Writing North and Northumbria University
Newcastle Writing Conference is a partnership between New Writing North and Northumbria University.
New Writing North is the writing development agency for the north of England, and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. www.newwritingnorth.com
New Writing North works with writers to develop career opportunities, new commissions, projects, residencies, publications and live events. It works in partnership with a broad range of organisations, universities, local authorities, regional development agencies, sponsors and media producers to develop opportunities for writers.
Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.
Northumbria is one of the largest universities in the UK with almost 34,000 students from 131 countries. The University has over 186,000 alumni worldwide. Northumbria has invested more than £200 million in our estate since 2005 to improve the student experience. Northumbria is ranked top 50 in the UK for research power and had the 4th largest increase in quality research funding (REF 2014). According to Times Higher Education, Northumbria had the biggest rise in research power of any university in the UK. Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the UK for international student satisfaction in the International Student Barometer survey 2015, a rise of 26 places on the previous year.
Northumbria University’s cultural partners include New Writing North, Live Theatre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.