Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Booked Up for Literature Festival; A Packed Programme for Durham Book Festival Has Been Announced, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Booked Up for Literature Festival; A Packed Programme for Durham Book Festival Has Been Announced, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

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Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE

THE programme for the hugely popular Durham Book Festival has just been revealed and it offers something to suit most tastes.

Authors from the North East and further afield will descend on the city, among them crime writers Ann Cleeves and Walter Mosley, historian Lucy Worsley, politician Alan Johnson, broadcaster Jeremy Vine and screenwriter Lynda La Plante, creator of Prime Suspect and Above Suspicion.

While books lie at the heart of the annual celebration of literature, its attractions are wide-ranging.

The festival, which is produced and programmed by New Writing North, has commissioned playwright Carina Rodney to adapt bestselling crime writer Val McDermid's first children's book for the stage.

My Granny is a Pirate, featuring swashbuckling Granny and her dog Jolly Roger, is to be directed by Annie Rigby and designed by Neil Murray.

It will tour County Durham - with a festival performance at Durham Town Hall on October 12 - and also go further afield to Manchester and Sheffield.

Val McDermid, who lives in Northumberland, will sign copies of her book after the staging in Durham.

The singer and songwriter Kathryn Williams has also been commissioned to write a new sequence of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath's famous autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar.

Plath, who was an American, was hailed as a hugely talented writer but tragically took her own life in 1963 when she was just 30 and living in London.

Kathryn Williams's Songs from The Bell Jar will be performed at Durham Town Hall on October 13.

Also taking part in the event will be author Andrew Wilson who has written a book about Plath's early life called Mad Girl's Love Song.

Lovers of crime fiction will be catered for with several events.

American crime writer Walter Mosley, creator of LA private investigator Easy Rawlins, will talk about his work at the Gala Cinema on October 14 before a special screening of the 1995 film Devil in a Blue Dress, based on one of his best-known books. …

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