Volunteer for Durham Book Festival 2014

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We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work at this year’s Durham Book Festival.

The festival runs throughout October 2014, and features a host of prominent writers, thinkers and political minds such as Kate Tempest, Jung Chang, Paul Farley, Sheila Hancock, Stuart Maconie and Kate Adie. See the full programme at

As a volunteer, you’ll be allowed free entry to all Durham Book Festival events (subject to available space). You’ll also have the chance to meet some of the authors. We’ll provide food and drinks throughout your shifts, and to top it off you’ll get a free t-shirt to keep as a souvenir.

Volunteer work looks great on the CV, and we’re happy to give references if you want. Year after year volunteers have told us what a fantastic and rewarding experience working at the festival is.

The work is not difficult, but is essential to the smooth running of events. You might be responsible for ticket-selling, ushering, dealing with enquiries from the public, assisting authors and publishers, or set moving and cleaning.

This year we are looking for volunteers who can work a minimum of three shifts over the course of the Durham Book Festival. An induction meeting will be held on 8 October at Durham Town Hall. We will hold two sessions – one at 4.30pm and one at 6.30pm, and all those selected to volunteer must attend one of them.

If you’d like to apply to be a volunteer, please complete the application form by Friday 19 September..

We’ll contact all the selected volunteers with further information before the briefing meeting on 8 October; if you have not heard from us by then your application has not been successful.