I’ll be presenting a preview of the new writing from my Arctic Circle residency as part of the launch of the Durham Book Festival on Wedenesday 7th August. My residency was part funded by a commission form the Book Festival and I’ll be sharing some of my writing and artwork there in October.

Durham Book Festival launch with special guest David Peace
Wednesday 7 August from 6.30pm till 9pm
Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham

Please join us in the beautiful surroundings of Durham Castle to launch the programme for the 2013 Durham Book Festival which will take place across County Durham this October.

This year’s festival includes visits from world-class authors and thinkers, as well as a host of exciting new commissions from writers and musicians. As our guest at the launch party you will be the very first to discover what the 2013 programme holds in store.

Following drinks and canapés in the Castle courtyard, you will be invited to join us in the Great Hall for an introduction to the programme and readings from poets Stevie Ronnie and Linda France, who will be introducing work from their festival commissions which have taken them to the Arctic and Australia respectively.

We will also be introducing our writer in residence for The Ashes, who we are hosting in partnership with Durham County Cricket Club to mark the occasion of this legendary sporting event being held in Durham for the first time.

During the evening we will also be announcing the shortlist for the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize, which will be awarded at the festival with a special event in October. The prize, named in honour of North East writer Gordon Burn, highlights exceptional fiction and non-fiction in the tradition of Gordon’s writing.

We are also thrilled that award-winning author David Peace will be joining us from his home in Tokyo to introduce his much-anticipated new book Red or Dead, a revolutionary novel about a revolutionary man, Bill Shankly, perhaps the first great football manager of the modern age. David’s other novels include the Red Riding Quartet, The Damned Utd and Tokyo Year Zero. This is one of very few events that David will be undertaking whilst in the UK this summer and we are delighted to welcome him back to Durham.

The Durham Book Festival takes place across County Durham throughout October with a core programme of events from 12-20 October. You’ll be able to see the full programme online at www.durhambookfestival.com and book tickets from 8 August.