Saturday, 3 October 2015

Durham Book Festival

Here is the latest New Writing North newsletter about Durham Book Festival:

October 2015
Durham Book Festival
Original commissions at Durham Book Festival
Original commissions are at the heart of Durham Book Festival. We programme ambitious new writing in all its forms, often in one-off performances. For 2015 we are incredibly proud to present a range of exciting new works, from children’s theatre to a new song cycle (by way of fashion, pit villages, poetry and the Arctic Circle). Join us to celebrate new writing at this year’s festival.
Man on the Moon (live performance)
Sunday 11 October, 10.30am-11.30am, Durham Town
Calling all junior astronauts! Join us as we blast off on a super adventure into space with Bob, the Man on the Moon. Adapted from the popular picture book by Simon Bartram, Man on the Moon is a theatre production with live music, brought to you by the team that created The Worst Princess and My Granny is a Pirate. As fans of the picture book will know, Bob has a very special job as a caretaker/tour guide on the moon. Bob knows practically everything there is to know about the lunar landscape, and if there is one thing Bob more
Richard Benson and Keith Pattison original commission: There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Sunday 11 October, 1pm-2pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
There is a Light that Never Goes Out tells the story of a Durham pit village from the 1950s to the present, and shows how its peoples’ memories, beliefs and ghosts still influence life there today. Author Richard Benson (The Valley, The Farm) and photographer Keith Pattison spent four months recording stories and conversations with people in Easington Colliery, focusing on the Handys, a well-known local family. In this more
Style is Eternal with Lauren Laverne and Laura Craik
Sunday 11 October, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Durham Town Hall
The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent collaborated on a groundbreaking exhibition this summer, Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life. The YSL show highlights the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear. By making use of male dress codes, the designer brought women a sense of more
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, Arctica, directed by Melanie Rashbrooke, is a one-man spoken word show that explores the themes of climate change, death, light and dark through a first person narrative. Stevie and director Alastair Cook 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 poet WH Auden’s interest in the North Pennines and in particular in the lead mining industry there. The place held a near-religious and deeply ambiguous importance for Auden all his life. The song 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 festival programme. Sinéad will visit two County Durham secondary schools during her visit, as well as reading for Durham more
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