Writers line up for Durham Book Festival

Jeremy Vine being given an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from his old university, Durham
Jeremy Vine being given an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from his old university, Durham
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POETS, politicians and presenters are among those lined up for this year’s Durham Book Festival.

The programme has been released for a variety of events, which run from October 12 to 20, after a special schools day at Durham Johnston School on October 2.

BBC journalist Jeremy Vine, who attended Durham University and who was later awarded an honorary degree, will return to the city on October 18 to present his memoirs about a life in broadcasting, entitled It’s All News To Me.

Former cabinet minister Alan Johnson will talk about his memoir, This Boy, with former Sunderland South MP Chris Mullin on October 13.

The festival features new commissions, including the first stage adaptation of crime writer Val McDermid’s first children’s book, My Granny is a Pirate.

Durham Book Festival is the biggest of its kind in the North East. Last year, more than 6,000 people attended events. It is produced by New Writing North, and funded by Durham University, Arts Council England and Durham County Council.

Councillor Neil Foster said: “Durham Book Festival is always a much-loved feature of the city’s cultural calendar, proving popular with residents and visitors.

“As well as offering something for readers of all ages and literary tastes, the festival brings big-name authors to the county and shines a spotlight on up-and-coming talent.”

To book or get full programme details, visit www.durhambookfestival.com after 10am tomorrow.