Friday, 5 October 2018

New Writing North Durham Festival

With details of Durham Book Festival as it starts today:

Durham Book Festival begins!
Durham Book Festival is here! We can't quite believe it's happening so soon, but we're so excited to see you all this weekend. We've put together a list of some of the great events that are coming up below to make sure you don't miss out.
Make sure to head to our special commission Song for Sophia, which celebrates the Centenary of the Representation of the People Act, an important step towards universal suffrage. Author Caitlin Davies and historian Fern Riddell will discuss their work on the suffragette movement and  played in British political history. Joining them is writer and composer Sarah Sayeed, who will deliver a short dramatic monologue about Victorian suffragette Princess Sophia Singh.
We’ve also commissioned writer Lucie Brownlee to interview Easington women, many of whom were activists during the miners’ strike. These women’s voices are integral to the mining history of County Durham, and Lucie, along with Durham activists Heather Wood and Charlotte Austin, will highlight and discuss their impact on the mining communities of the past and how this past affects women and girls living in Durham today.
To top it all off, we'll be rounding off the first week with a celebration of the publication of Pearl, a short story collection by the unforgettable Julia Darling. These brilliant stories will be brought to life with readings and memories from some of Julia's friends: actors Judi Earl and Zoe Lambert.
These are just a few of the outstanding events this week, so make sure to grab your ticket before it's too late! 
Keep in touch with us over the weekend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #dbf18. See you there!
Durham Book Festival team

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