Durham Book Festival 2014 Launch Event Public
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please join us in the beautiful surroundings of Durham Castle, as we launch the programme for the 2014 Durham Book Festival. 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 what the 2014 programme will contain.
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 a family-friendly Durham ‘Big Read’ and a range of commissions (which this year primarily focus on the Northern landscape), from writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, 2013 Gordon Burn Prize-winner, Benjamin Myers and Michael Chaplin. The launch will also see the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize shortlist announced - the winner will be announced on 10th October at the festival.
This year we are delighted to introduce best-selling author Richard Benson, who will talk about his acclaimed new book, The Valley, the story of four generations of his mother’s family in a Dearne Valley mining community. 30 years on from the Miners’ Strike of 1984, The Valley is a fascinating history of the mining community, combing portrayals of social injustice with being a genuine family saga. Richard Benson is the author of the number one bestseller, The Farm, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and was a Richard and Judy book club choice. He is also a contributing editor at Esquire magazine.
Tickets are available for £15. Please note that there are only a limited number of public tickets available so book one soon if you are keen to come!
The Durham Book Festival takes place across County Durham throughout the month of October with a core programme of events between 10th and 18th October. You’ll be able to see the full programme online and book tickets from 13th August.
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.