Founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals.
The festival takes place in and around the beautiful city of Durham each October. In 2023, the festival will take place at Gala Durham, Clayport Library and Collected Books. All Gala Durham events will be live-streamed so if you are unable to make it to Durham, you can also watch from home.
Every year the Durham Book Festival invites a range of thinkers, writers and performers to appear. Events at previous festivals have included appearances from Philip Pullman, Bill Bryson, Pat Barker, Jung Chang, PD James, Simon Armitage and Lemn Sissay.
Alongside more traditional author events, Durham Book Festival commissions new writing each year across all forms. Previous festival commissions have included a dance-theatre retelling of Rapunzel from Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy; historian David Olusoga’s essay Black and British: Growing up in the North East; and journalism examining the legacy of the Miners’ Strike, from writers including Richard Benson and Anne McElvoy.
Our commissions originate in Durham and are often available online or published in the national media.