The Great Exhibition of the North may have finished last month, but this month sees our region put on a great exhibition of literary talent, with three (yes, really!) book festivals taking place. Our monthly listing gives a glance at what’s on in books in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and beyond this October.
The three Festivals running in October are Durham Book Festival (6th to 14th October), Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival (28th September to 3rd November) and Berwick Literary Festival (18th to 21st October). You’ve probably already checked out the ‘big name’ authors – such as Sarah Perry to Carol Ann Duffy – so a quick shout out for the more local talent, including the launch of new work by Northern writers like Bob Beagrie, Julia Darling and Jacob Polley in Durham, a celebration of the life and work of Sunderland-born William Martin, and readings from North East poets such as John Challis, Theresa Muñoz and Sean O’Brien in Berwick. Do browse the programmes of all three Festivals for fuller coverage.
Aside from these, some familiar series are back for a 2018-2019 season. Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts launch their extensive programme by celebrating World Poetry Day on 4th October with a poetry translation duel. And our own Inventions of the Text returns with a reading by Paul Batchelor and Sam Riviere.
While these are longstanding activities, a more flighty event will land in Durham on 11th October. Literary Birds will celebrate avian encounters in all their textual manifestations, with keynote speaker Simon Armitage. Equally one-off, and not to be missed, is the annual History of the Book lecture, which sees Professor Linne Mooney talk about the medieval poet Thomas Hoccleve, whose manuscripts reside in Durham’s Palace Green Library.
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