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

19 August 2016
Durham Book Festival
Politics and Society at Durham Book Festival
A strong theme of politics and society runs through this year’s Durham Book Festival, taking place between 7 and 16 October.
Following the success of last year’s Durham Moot, we will be revisiting this forum, discussing the political, social and cultural issues facing the North East.
There are new memoirs from two festival favourites, Chris Mullin and Alan Johnson, and discussions on some of society’s big issues around the environment, immigration, feminism and class.
We hope that you can join us.
Lynsey Hanley and Mike Savage: The Experience of Class
Saturday 8 October, 7pm-8pm, Palace Green Library
With issues of inequality and wealth at the forefront of public debate, the subject of class has re-emerged as a topic of public attention. In Social Class in the 21st Century, Mike Savage and the team of more
Laura Bates: Girl Up
Saturday 8 October, 10.30am–11.30am, Durham Town Hall
They told you to be beautiful, to wear longer skirts, to avoid going out late. They told you to use enough make-up to look presentable, but not enough to be slutty. They told you ‘see it as a compliment’. They warned that taking control meant being bossy, a ballbreaker. Laura Bates is here more
Nikesh Shukla, Coco Khan and Miss L: The Good Immigrant
Sunday 9 October, 2.30pm–3.30pm, Durham Town Hall
Durham Book Festival is proud to present this extraordinary state of the nation collection, from 21 diverse and exciting British BAME voices. The collection was crowd-funded by Unbound in just three days, with more
Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope
Tuesday 11 October, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Gala Theatre
How we can build societies run in the interests of working people, not run as a racket for the mean and the greedy at the top? By looking at some alternatives across the world, we can end the inevitability of widening inequalities and more
Where Does The Power Lie in The Media?
Saturday 8 October, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Palace Green Library
This event explores where the power currently lies in the media we consume, particularly in the North of England. Northern Correspondent editor Ian Wylie presents a newly commissioned essay and will be joined more
An Evening with Alan Johnson
Thursday 13 October, 7.30pm-9pm, Gala Theatre
We’re delighted to welcome one of our bestloved politicians back to Durham Book Festival this year. Alan Johnson is a Labour party MP who served as Home Secretary and filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in the Brown and more
Who Runs The North East? (And does it matter?)
Saturday 8 October, 6pm-7pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
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
Through the Weather Glass
Saturday 8 October, 11am-4pm, Durham Clayport Library
What if we can’t solve climate change? What if, instead of staring at our reflections in the weather glass, we travelled through everything we know about climate change and participated in the world beyond? more
TippingPoint: Climate Change and the Stories We Tell
Sunday 9 October, 11am-12pm, Palace Green Library
We hear many stories about climate change – from scientists, economists and environmentalists. But what can the worlds of fiction, more
Sebastian Barry, Lucy Popescu and Tim Finch: A Country of Refuge
Sunday 9 October, 4.30pm–5.30pm, Palace Green Library
Most of the refugee stories we read about in the media are negative. But the reality for those fleeing persecution is more often about the emotional scars of torture and the struggles of building a new more
Chris Mullin: Hinterland
Saturday 8 October, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Durham Town Hall
Durham Book Festival favourite Chris Mullin returns to introduce his memoirs, Hinterland. All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who certainly did. By the time he entered parliament he had more
Inua Ellams and Fuel present An Evening with an Immigrant
Saturday 8 October, 4.30pm-6pm, Gala Theatre Studio
Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in more
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