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Podcast – Durham Book Festival

Welcome to the Durham Book Festival podcast, where we’ll be showcasing some of the highlights of our unmissable festival programme. Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North.

Durham Book Festival 2018: Kathryn Mannix on With The End in Mind

This New Writing North podcast was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2018. In this episode, palliative care specialist Kathryn Mannix talks to Professor Douglas Davies about her new book With the End in Mind, an exploration of one of the biggest taboos in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. They discuss how important it is to re-claim public understanding of death, and how it allows us to plan and relate to our dearest during the last part of our, or their, lives.

Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North. Find out more about the festival on our website.

Durham Book Festival 2018: Sarah Perry in conversation with Professor Simon James

This New Writing North podcast was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2018. In this episode, award-winning author Sarah Perry introduces her new novel Melmoth, a chilling and deeply moving book that speaks urgently to our times.

Sarah is in conversation with Professor Simon James of Durham University, and discusses her writing structure (or lack thereof), plans for her future books and how her upbringing has influenced her taste for the gothic.

Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North. Find out more about the festival on our website.

Durham Book Festival 2018: Professor Dame Sue Black on All That Remains: A Life in Death

Warning: contains content which some listeners may find upsetting.

This New Writing North podcast was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2018. In this episode, one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists, Professor Dame Sue Black, introduces her new book All That Remains: A Life in Death. This gripping memoir provides a fascinating look at death – its causes, our attitudes towards it, and the forensic scientist’s way of analysing it. Sue is in conversation with Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive of New Writing North.

Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North. Find out more about the festival on our website.

Durham Book Festival 2018: Alta'ir Durham-Jordan Creative Exchange

This New Writing North podcast was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2018. In this episode Jordanian screenplay writer Mofleh Aladwan and poet Linda France discuss their experiences taking part in the Alta’ir creative exchange. This cross-cultural exchange between Durham and Amman was established to help raise the profile of British writing in Jordan and of Arab writing and culture in the UK.

Alta’ir is a partnership project between Durham Book Festival/New Writing North, the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), St Mary’s College, Durham University, Dr Fadia Faqir and the British Council.

Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North. Find out more about the festival on our website.

Durham Book Festival 2018: Owen Sheers and The Green Hollow

This New Writing North podcast was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2018. In this episode poet, author and playwright, Owen Sheers talks to Professor Stephen Regan about The Green Hollow, his moving and beautifully rendered film poem about the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster. The two discuss the way the disaster affected the community of Aberfan, and how it created a ‘radical culture of the betrayed.’

Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North. Find out more about the festival on our website.

Durham Book Festival 2018: Jason Cowley and Lewis Goodall - Understanding the Age of Upheaval

This New Writing North podcast was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2018. In this episode, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley and Sky News Correspondent Lewis Goodall introduce their new books, and discuss one of the most turbulent periods in UK political history – from the fall of Blair to the rise of Corbyn and Brexit. This discussion is chaired by Dr Claire Sutherland of Durham University.

Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North. Find out more about the festival on our website.

Durham Book Festival 2018: Pat Barker in conversation with Dr Anne Whitehead

This New Writing North podcast was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2018. In this episode, Booker-prize winning author Pat Barker introduces her new book The Silence of the Girls, in conversation with Dr Anne Whitehead of Newcastle University.

The Silence of the Girls is a brilliant reimagining of the legendary Trojan War told instead from the overlooked perspective of Briseis, one of many women silenced by history. Pat talks about the importance of female perspectives in history, the parallels between The Silence of the Girls and her award-winning Regeneration and the relevance of reimagining the classics for modern day readers.

Durham Book Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North. Find out more about the festival on our website.

 

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