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Live Subtitled Events at Durham Book Festival

Join the conversation at Durham Book Festival, and be inspired by a host of writers, artists and thinkers. Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals. For many years it was a well-kept secret in the region’s cultural calendar, but it has grown significantly in recent years.

This year's subtitled events include:


A Room of One’s Own

To commemmorate Virginia Woolf’s seminal essay, A Room of One’s Own, Elif Shafak, Kerry Hudson and Suzanne Moore have been commissioned to write about the conditions they need to thrive as women writing today.

Sat 12 Oct 2019, 6:00pm


Chris Mullin: The Friends of Harry Perkins

This timely new novel is set in a near-future post-Brexit Britain, a tantalising human drama is skilfully woven around the big issues of the day. A political thriller and a chilling prognostic of where we might be heading.

Sun 13 Oct 2019, 11:00am


Jung Chang: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

Jung Chang returns to Durham to talk about Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister, a major new biography of three extraordinary women who helped shape the course of modern Chinese history. 

Sun 13 Oct 2019, 2:00pm


Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn

Join Colm Tóibín for this special event celebrating his work and the 2019 Big Read, his award-winning novel, Brooklyn. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times and has won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award.

Sun 13 Oct 2019, 7:30pm




The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council