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  • 19 August 2015 Volunteer for the Durham Book Festival 2015

    We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work at this year’s Durham Book Festival. The festival runs throughout October 2015, and features a host of prominent writers, poets and political minds such as Philip Pullman, Bill Bryson, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Simon Armitage, Sinead Morrissey and Mary Portas.
     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.
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  • 12 August 2015 Durham Book Festival programme on sale

    We are thrilled to let you know that the Durham Book Festival programme is now on sale. The festival will run from 6-17 October 2015 and includes more than 50 events across Durham. From poetry to family events, there is something for all and you can see the full programme at durhambookfestival.com/programme
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  • 11 August 2015 Gordon Burn Prize shortlist announced

    We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015, which champions a fresh, undaunted approach to writing. We would also like to invite you to join us for an evening of celebration as we open the Durham Book Festival on 9 October and announce the winner of the the prize, honouring what is undoubtedly some of the most exciting and fresh writing in the UK today.
     
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  • 6 August 2015 Durham Big Read

    Our Durham Big Read project launches on Wednesday, as we bring the Frozen North to Durham to celebrate 20 years of Philip Pullman's seminal novel, Northern Lights. Philip Pullman will be taking part in a rare event at Durham Book Festival in October. Before that, we are giving away 3,000 copies of his seminal novel Northern Lights through schools, libraries, community centres, the university—and on Palace Green on Wednesday 12 August.
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  • 17 July 2015 Come to our songwriting summer school in Bishop Auckland

    Cuckoo Young Writers is flying to Bishop Auckland this summer in search of young writers aged 12-19 who want to try their hand at songwriting. Working with acclaimed singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff (AKA The Lake Poets), the Cuckoo songwriting summer school is a chance to learn about crafting lyrics and creating a memorable melody.
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  • 10 July 2015 Help us crowd fund for the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship

    After Northumberland writer, Chloe Daykin, won the inaugural Julia Darling Travel Fellowship, we look to the future of the fellowship and have now set up a crowd-funding site with Just Giving to raise money. We hope that the prize will be crowd funded by those who knew Julia and appreciated her contribution to the arts.
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  • 8 July 2015 There is a Green Hill events

    In the summer of 2014 playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin followed in his father, Sid Chaplin's footsteps and made a journey of his own in a series of six walks around Northumberland.
     
    Join us for two special events that will explore the region and at which we’ll discuss where we come from and where we might be going.
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  • 1 July 2015 Take part in our Manifestos project with Juice Festival and Northern Stage

    We are told that young people are disengaged from politics, but we think that's wrong. Cuckoo Young Writers, Northern Stage and Juice Festival are teaming up to run a project which asks young people to create their own manifestos about the things they care about, be that gender identity, the environment, issues in their local community, or simply their vision for a better world. It's a chance to work with poets, theatre directors and artists, and interrogate academics for Northumbria University journalists and politicians. 
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Events

  • There is a Green Hill with Michael Chaplin, Newcastle upon Tyne The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University: 18 September 2015, 6:45pm

    In the summer of 2014 playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin followed in his father, Sid Chaplin's footsteps and made a journey of his own in a series of six walks around Northumberland.
     
    Join us for the second of two special events that will explore the region and at which we’ll discuss where we come from and where we might be going.
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Gordon Burn Prize shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015, which champions a fresh, undaunted approach to writing. >>>

Mayfly Press reissues Crocodile Soup
Mayfly Press is delighted to be reissuing the fabulous Crocodile Soup, Julia Darling's 1998 novel, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. >>>
We are thrilled to let you know that the Durham Book Festival programme is now on sale. The festival will run from 6-17 October 2015 and includes more than 50 events across Durham. >>>

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