Sunday, 20 September 2015

Durham Book Festival, October 2015

The Durham Book Festival is coming up in October, full details of the events below:

September 2015
Durham Book Festival
Poetry at Durham Book Festival
Durham Book Festival proudly presents a wide range of poetry events, from award-winning poets to a group of new writers, all aged under 21. Come and join us to celebrate poetry in Durham.
The Poetry Exchange: A poem recorded especially for you
Saturday 10 October, St Chad's College Chapel
You are invited to visit the Poetry Exchange team at St Chad’s Chapel and share a poem that has been a friend to you. You will have a cup of tea and talk about your poem, and in exchange for your nomination you will receive a gift: a personal bespoke recording of your chosen poem inspired by the conversation and your thoughts. People are invited to come more
Firm of Poets: The People’s Republic of Poetry
Saturday 10 October, Workshop: 1pm-3pm, Performance: 6.30pm-7.30pm, Empty Shop HQ
A cross between a poetic super-group and Whose Line Is It Anyway? the show is fast-paced and never the same twice. As part of the show, participants will be invited to submit one of their poems to an online document, ‘The People’s Republic of Poetry’, which will grow as the tour makes its way around the country. Poets will more
Frances Leviston: Disinformation
Saturday 10 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Frances Leviston’s first poetry collection, Public Dream, was one of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for First Collection. Her vivid new collection, Disinformation, addresses one of the key questions of the age: how have we come to know what we think we know? Introduced by Dr Vidyan more
Cuckoo Young Writers Event
Saturday 10 October, 5pm-6pm, Empty Shop HQ
Ever read any Sappho? Flicked through a volume of HD recently? We didn’t think so. Join four fabulous young poets—Jasmine Simms, Sarah Fletcher, Helen Bowell and Katie Byford—for an evening exploring the lost female voices of the poetic canon, as well as hearing their own work. Also, an opportunity for some open mic action—are you brave enough? An event in collaboration with The Writing more
The Poetry Exchange: Conversations Through Poems
em>Sunday 11 October, 11am-12pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Join The Poetry Exchange team of writers and actors for an event that sparks conversations about poems and their place in our lives. The Poetry Exchange invites people to nominate a poem that has been a friend to them and in exchange creates a recording of the poem inspired by their feelings about more
A Year in Beadnell: Lisa Matthews and Melanie Ashby
Sunday 11 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Empty Shop HQ
Part-performance, part-living artists’ journal and part-celebration of the works of marine biologist Rachel Carson. Encounter the sights and sounds of Northumberland’s coastline and participate in a spontaneous voice installation that will become part of A Year in Beadnell. With new artworks by Lisa Matthews and Melanie Ashby, more
Original commission: Stevie Ronnie: Arctica
Sunday 11 October, 4pm-5.30pm, Empty Shop HQ
In July 2013 Durham Book Festival supported writer and multidisciplinary artist Stevie Ronnie to visit the Arctic Circle as part of the Arctic Circle international residency programme. Arctica is a year-long series of interlinked artworks on the subject of climate change that Stevie has made in response to that experience. The performance, more.
Clare Pollard: Ovid’s Heroines
Sunday 11 October, 5pm-6pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
Ovid’s Heroides, written in Rome some time around 20BC, is a series of letter poems in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth. Women—including Medea, Penelope and Ariadne—address the men they love. Poet Clare Pollard’s new free verse translation (Bloodaxe Books) rediscovers Ovid’s Heroines more
Sean O’Brien, Agustín Fernández and Royal Northern Sinfonia present: Notes from Underground
Thursday 15 October, 7pm-8.40pm, Gala Theatre
We are delighted to present a major new Durham Book Festival commission as part of this year’s programme. Notes from Underground is a collaboration between award-winning poet Sean O’Brien and composer Agustín Fernández. This cycle of songs is inspired by more
Northern Poetry with Jo Colley, Christy Ducker and Cynthia Fuller
Saturday 17 October, 3pm-4pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
This event celebrates some of the best in contemporary poetry, from three poets who live and work here in the North East. Jo Colley will read from her new collection Bones of Birds, which looks at flying and falling, the earth and the sky, a celebration of all those who achieve the miracle of flight. Christy Ducker will introduce Skipper, a collection with more
Best of Bloodaxe and Faber with Maura Dooley and Bernard O’Donoghue
Saturday 17 October, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
Join two acclaimed poets, both published by Bloodaxe Books and Faber. Maura Dooley’s collections include Explaining Magnetism and Kissing a Bone, both of which are Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Life Under Water (2008) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Bernard O’Donoghue was born in County Cork and was a tutor at more
Sinéad Morrissey: Festival Laureate
Saturday 17 October, 6pm-7pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
We’re delighted to welcome award-winning poet Sinéad Morrissey as this year’s Durham Book Festival Laureate. Sinéad will premiere a specially commissioned poem inspired by her time in Durham, as part of her public event at the festival. Produced in partnership with Durham University, the Festival Laureate has become an established part of the more

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