Monday, 29 August 2016

Durham Book Festival 6-17 October

The latest New Writing North newsletter has full details of the Durham Book Festival:

August 2016
Durham Book Festival
Fiction at Durham Book Festival
This year’s Durham Book Festival (6-17 October) showcases some of the most exciting new voices in fiction today. Among them is Kit de Waal, author of My Name Is Leon (available to buy online), a superb read and this year’s Book Group Choice. The new novels from Megan Bradbury, Garth Greenwell and Hannah Kohler are accompanying us on our summer holidays at the moment and we can’t wait to join them for an after-work drink at our The Best in New Fiction event.
There will be high profile writers will be in attendance, including international bestseller Anthony Horowitz – discussing his brand new crime novel, Magpie Murders; leading North East writers Richard T Kelly and Sean O’Brien in conversation about their new novels; and the acclaimed Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos.
When it comes to old favourites, our Reader in Residence Andy Miller will be leading a thought-provoking discussion on What Makes a Classic? We’re also thrilled to bring the Backlisted Podcast, a brilliant literary podcast from QI-creator John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, to the festival for a special live recording.
The Gala Theatre box office will be closed for planned redevelopments between the evening of Sunday 28 August and the evening of Thursday 1 September. Unfortunately we won’t be able to sell any tickets during this time. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience.
Kit de Waal: My Name is Leon
Sunday 9 October, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Palace Green Library
Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and more
Richard T Kelly and Sean O’Brien: Secrets and Lies
Sunday 9 October, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Join two of the North East’s most acclaimed writers, Richard T Kelly and Sean O’Brien, as they read from and discuss their new novels. Richard T Kelly’s The Knives makes riveting drama out of the big political arguments of more
The Best in New Fiction: Picador Showcase
Tuesday 11 October, 6.15pm-7.15pm, Gala Theatre Studio
Join us for a drink after work and meet some of the most exciting new voices in fiction. Hear the authors read from their brilliant debut novels and learn more about their journeys to publication. Megan Bradbury’s Everyone is Watching looks at the more
An Evening with Anthony Horowitz
Wednesday 12 October, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Gala Theatre
Anthony Horowitz is an internationally best-selling author who has written over 40 books including the teen spy series Alex Rider, which is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide. Anthony’s recent books include two new Sherlock Holmes novels, The more
The Best in New Scottish Writing
Saturday 8 October, 1pm-2pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Discover some of the most exciting new fiction coming out of Scotland. Helen Sedgwick has a PhD in physics and her debut novel The Comet Seekers explores her passion for the night sky through the relationship of Róisín and François, who meet on more
Juan Pablo Villalobos: I’ll Sell You A Dog
Sunday 9 October, 1pm-2pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
We’re delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos to Durham for this event. He will be introducing his new book, I’ll Sell You a Dog (translated by Rosalind Harvey), a comic novel whose more
Andy Miller: What Makes a Classic?
Sunday 9 October, 10.30am–11.30am, Durham Town Hall
Professor Fred Robinson of Durham University and Professor Keith Shaw of Northumbria University talk about democracy and accountability in the North East. Who are the people more
Backlisted Podcast: Live!
Saturday 8 October, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Gala Theatre Studio
Backlisted is a popular literary podcast that gives new life to old books. Join Unbound publisher and QI co-creator John Mitchinson, publisher Mathew Clayton, and our Reader in Residence, Andy Miller, plus a special guest for a fascinating and funny discussion of more
Unbound: The Wisdom of Crowds
Sunday 9 October, 11am-12pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Publisher John Mitchinson talks to Unbound authors Nikesh Shukla and Alice Jolly about the trials and tribulations of crowd-funding a book. Is fiction harder than nonfiction? Do readers want their books with a side of dosa? And just how much tweeting more
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