Derwent Valley Literary Festival 2019 celebrates everything about books and words as well as focusing on local authors, poets and playwrights.
The 2019 event will be the second year that the Derwent Valley Literary Festival has taken place, and it has a variety of activities to celebrate literature.
When is Derwent Valley Literary Festival?
The Derwent Valley Literary Festival dates are Friday June 21 until Sunday June 30 2019, with events taking place throughout the week.
What's happening at the Derwent Valley Literary Festival launch night?
On the first evening, Friday June 21 from 7-11pm, there is the Derwent Valley Literary Festival launch night. Taking place at the Dipton Jubilee Centre (postcode DH9 9DR), the evening starts with a talk by Andrew Clark about life in the North East during the 30s, 40s and 50s. Afterwards, award-winning poet Lesley Mountain reads from her new collection 'Vamoose'.
What are the Derwent Valley Literary Festival events?
There are Derwent Valley Literary Festival events where you can meet authors or hear talks. The events are divided between live events and online events.
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What are the Derwent Valley Literary Festival highlights?
There are lots of great events with a wide range of appeal, and there are lots of chances to meet your favourite authors. Three events that caught our eye are:
A Talk on Virginia Woolf - Frederick Lewis: June 27, 1.30-2.30pm at Rowlands Gill Library (NE39 1JT) - Frederick Lewis has written bibliographical works on Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and Rosamond Lehmann. Join him for a talk on the life of Virginia Woolf. It costs £2 and you can book tickets here.
Storytime with Rachel Coverdale: June 28, 11am-12pm at DanceMax Studio (DH8 5LQ) - join Rachel Coverdale for an hour of fun and lively story-telling, perfect for preschoolers and toddlers. It's free and you can book tickets here.
Around the world with Doug Richards: June 29, 11am-12pm at Tyne Riverside Country Park (NE42 6NP) - silver award winning author Doug Richards has run a marathon on all seven continents. Join him for a park run and Q&A. It's free and you can book tickets on the Eventbrite page.
How much do Derwent Valley Literary Festival tickets cost?
Most Derwent Valley Literary Festival events are free, although some ask for a donation. Some events have a small charge of a couple of pounds.