Sunday, 25 September 2016

History and the classics at Durham Book Festival

The latest New Writing North newsletter features history and the classics at Durham Book Festival:

    September 2016
Durham Book Festival
History and the classics at Durham Book Festival
Many of our history and classics events are selling out this year, so please do book soon if you’re hoping to join us at Durham Book Festival.
From Elizabeth I—as depicted by John Guy in Elizabeth: the Forgotten Years—to a social history of working class life in the 20th century with Richard Hines, we will be visiting key periods in history through both fiction and non-fiction. We’re also revisiting the classics, from Shakespeare to the war poets. There are several events associated with the Durham Big Read: Regeneration, including a flagship event at Durham Cathedral with Pat Barker and Michael Morpurgo, for which a few tickets are currently available.
We’re thrilled to have a live recording of the much-loved Backlisted Podcast, presented by John Mitchison (creator of QI) and our reader-in-residence Andy Miller, who will be making the case for a neglected classic.
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
John Guy: Elizabeth: the Forgotten Years
Saturday 8 October, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Durham Town Hall
History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength. But the reality was more complex. In 1583 Elizabeth is 50, past childbearing, and facing her greatest challenges: the Spanish Armada; the execution of more
SOLD OUT Hunter Davies: The Co-Op’s Got Bananas! A Memoir of Growing Up In the Post-War North
Saturday 8 October, 3pm-4pm, Durham Town Hall
Despite struggles with money and rationing, life could still be sweet for a young boy – playing football, saving up for films, being captivated by BBC radio’s Dick Barton. Chocolate might more
SOLD OUT Jo Baker and Sarah Bakewell: Paris in the Thirties
Saturday 8 October, 3pm-4pm, Palace Green Library
1933, Paris. Three friends are drinking apricot cocktails and talking about freedom and existence. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron. Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Café more
Andy Miller: What Makes a Classic?
Sunday 9 October, 10.30am–11.30am, Durham Town Hall
Why do some books become classics and others fall by the wayside? Who decides what makes a great book – critics or the public? What are the classics of the future? Join Andy Miller, our Reader in Residence and author more
Live Canon present War Poets
Sunday 9 October, 1pm–2pm, Durham Town Hall
A live performance of several centuries of war poetry, from the Live Canon Ensemble. This programme features not only well-known poems from the First World War, including by Rupert Brooke, more
LAST CHANCE TO BOOK Discover Trench Newspapers
Sunday 9 October, 2.15pm-3.15pm, Palace Green Library (Barker Research Library)
This is a chance to see, handle, and discuss wartime magazines and journals from the Palace Green and Newcastle City Library collections. We have gathered together a range of more
John Crace and John Sutherland: The Incomplete Shakespeare
Sunday 9 October, 2.30pm–3.30pm, Palace Green Library
Enjoy Shakespeare’s works as you’ve never experienced them before, as The Guardian’s Digested Reads author John Crace partners with Professor John Sutherland to create wonderfully funny parodies of both Macbeth more
Kes introduced by Andy Miller and Stephen Regan
Monday 10 October, 2pm-4.30pm, Gala Theatre
Join our Reader in Residence Andy Miller and Durham University’s Professor Stephen Regan who will introduce a special screening of Kes, directed by Ken Loach. Andy and Stephen are both huge fans of the film and will talk more
Writing the First World War with Pat Barker and Michael Morpurgo
Friday 14 October, 7pm–8.15pm, Durham Cathedral Nave
Durham Book Festival brings two of Britain’s foremost literary chroniclers of the First World War together for the very first time. Award-winning authors Pat Barker and Michael Morpurgo will together talk about what more
SOLD OUT Alison Weir: The Lost Tudor Princess: A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Saturday 15 October, 11am-12pm, Palace Green Library
The life of Margaret Douglas was full of scandal, intrigue and romance. Lady of honour to five of the wives of her uncle Henry VIII, some thought she should be queen. Beautiful and tempestuous, more
Richard Hines: No Way But Gentlenesse
Saturday 15 October, 3pm-4pm, Palace Green Library
Born and raised in a South Yorkshire mining village, Richard Hines remembers listening out for the colliery siren at the end of shifts, and praying for his father’s safe return. Having failed the 11+ and seemingly destined more
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