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Part of the performance by Bjorn the polar bear at the launch of Durham Book Festival on Palace Green.
Part of the performance by Bjorn the polar bear at the launch of Durham Book Festival on Palace Green.
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A book festival was kicked off in cool fashion with a visit from a polar bear.

Bjorn, a life-size polar bear brought to life by a puppeteer, performed on Durham’s Palace Green yesterday to celebrate the launch of the city’s literary celebration.

Lyra and Bjorn the polar bear at the launch of Durham Book Festival.

Lyra and Bjorn the polar bear at the launch of Durham Book Festival.

The shows were part of the Frozen North, which is part of the Durham Big Read, a part of Durham Book Festival’s programme which aims to spread the joy of reading across the county by distributing 3,000 copies of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights to schools, libraries, leisure centres, hospitals, community centres and through Durham University.

The author himself will be making an appearance as part of the festival, which runs from Tuesday, October 6, to Saturday, October 17.

Events will be taking place in venues across the city, including the Gala Theatre, Durham Town Hall and Palace Green Library, as well as libraries and community centres across the county.

Tickets are on sale now and more details can be found via www.durhambookfestival.com.