Durham Book Festival

Join us at Durham Book Festival 2024

Durham Book Festival 2024 will return between 10–13 October.

The full programme will be announced here on 14 August but in the meantime, we’re thrilled to announce four headline events on sale from Thursday 11 July.

Events to be announced

Programme to be announced


Rebecca F. Kuang: Yellowface

Rebecca F. Kuang, is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yellowface, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick that was Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Yellowface explores issues around cancel culture and cultural appropriation in a page-turning thriller and has a legion of famous literary fans, including Stephen King who said it was: ‘Hard to put down. Harder to forget.’

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Alan Hollinghurst: Our Evenings

The Booker Prize winning author Alan Hollinghurst will be celebrating his first novel in over a decade in conversation with fellow author, Tom Crewe. Our Evenings is a story of race and class, theatre and sexuality and love and violence from one of the finest writers of our age.

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An Evening with Jackie Kay

The former Makar of Scotland, Jackie Kay, brings her long-awaited new poetry collection, May Day, to the festival. The collection covers several decades of political activism up to the present day when a global pandemic intersects with the urgency of Black Lives Matter.

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Jodi Picoult: By Any Other Name

Bestselling American author Jodi Picoult will discuss By Any Other Name. Her latest novel exploring how two women centuries apart are forced to hide behind another name to make their voices heard, and one of the women might just be the real author of Shakespeare’s plays.

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