The PBS was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the Durham Book Festival programme last week at the Indigo Hotel in Durham.
We were delighted to see such a wonderful range of poets on the programme including recent PBS Choice Raymond Antrobus, who will be the Festival Poet Laureate. As part of his laureateship Raymond will perform a newly commissioned festival poem on Saturday the 12th October and work with local schools and universities throughout the festival.
Other poets on the programme include another recent PBS Choice Sinead Morrissey and a National Trust Coastal Commission from Spring Recommendation Phoebe Power and Katrina Porteous, inspired by County Durham's stunning Coastline. Don't miss National Treasure and Poetry Please Legend Roger McGough, Christy Ducker, Will Harris, Butcher's Dog poetry magazine editor Joanne Clement and emerging poet Jasmine Simms too!
Founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the longest standing in the country. This year it runs from the 5th to 13th October across the city and wider County Durham with over 3000 copies of the Festival Big Read distributed freely to libraries, schools and community groups. The Big Read this year will be Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, who will be reading at this year's festival. There will also be a Little Read this year celebrating the children's book Perfectly Norman, written and illustrated by Tom Percival for families and younger school children to enjoy.
Find out more about Durham Book Festival and book your tickets here.