Wild Swans author Jung Chang on line up for Durham Book Festival

COUNTY COURSE: Stuart Maconie, who will talk at Durham Book Festival about his travels through County Durham.
COUNTY COURSE: Stuart Maconie, who will talk at Durham Book Festival about his travels through County Durham.
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A BEST-SELLING author, a Mercury Prize-nominated performance poet and a Radio 6 star, are among the highlights of this year’s Durham Book Festival.

Wild Swans author Jung Chang, spoken word performer Kate Tempest and broadcaster Stuart Maconie are all taking to the Gala Theatre stage during the festival, which runs from Monday October 6 to Monday, October 20.

Funded by Durham County Council and Arts Council, Durham Book Festival is produced by New Writing North and supported by Durham University.

Jung Chang will discuss her latest book, Empress Dowager Cixi, which tells the extraordinary story of the most important woman in Chinese history, on Friday, October 17, at 6.30pm.

Mercury Prize-nominated Kate Tempest presents her new collection, Hold Your Own, at 8.15pm the same day.

The multi-voiced work is based around the mythical figure of Tiresias, the blind Greek prophet who spent seven years as a woman.

Stuart Maconie has been exploring County Durham and will report on his experiences on Saturday, October 18,at 7pm.

The Dales to Durham Cathedral chronicles the beauty of the landscape and the people he meets along the way.

This year’s book festival also features a visit from acclaimed actor and writer Sheila Hancock, who visits Durham Cathedral on Tuesday, October 14, to discuss her debut novel, Miss Carter’s War.

Tickets for all Durham Book Festival are available from Gala Theatre box office, by calling 03000 266 600 or by going online at www.galadurham.co.uk
More information about the festival is available at www.durhambookfestival.com