Put the annual Durham book festival in your diary 6th – 17th October

The annual book festival returns with guests including Bill Bryson, Philip Pullman, Lauren Laverne, Mary Portas, Vince Cable, Sean O’Brien, Caroline Criado-Perez, Pat Barker and many more.


Philip Pulman and Bill Bryson

You can see the full programme of events here.

Events will be taking place in venues across the city, including Gala Theatre, Durham Town Hall and Palace Green Library, as well as libraries and community centres across the county.

Other headliners at this year’s festival include Bill Bryson, whose book The Road to Little Dribbling is a follow up to Notes from a Small Island, in which he famously described Durham as a ‘perfect little city’. Simon Armitage’s latest book, Walking Away, swaps the moorlands of the North for the coastal fringes of Britain’s South West in a personal Odyssey with all of the poetic reflection and wit we have come to expect from one of the country’s best-loved writers.