Durham Book Festival 2021

Buy tickets for our amazing author events and get your hands on the wonderful books showcased by our authors at this year’s Durham Book Festival Fringe!

Tickets are £7 (£5 for students), or just £15 (£13) with a copy of the relevant book. There are no booking or delivery fees!

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  • Captain Pugwash to Cardinal Grotti: the life and cartoons of John Ryan

    by SacristyPress

    £7.00

    Alana Harris and Isabel Ryan Saturday 16 October 2021 at 7pm in Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral A Durham Book Festival Fringe author event. Tickets £7 each, or £15 with a hardback copy of the book. Student discount available.  Join us for what promises to be a humorous insight into the life and work of John Ryan (1921–2009), creator of the BBC television series Captain Pugwash. Through his weekly illustrations in the Catholic Herald, he offered a topical interrogation of the British Catholic Church’s sometimes adaptive, though often inflexible responses to the changes and challenges of the period. Discover how Ryan “poked fun at pretension both theological and clerical with a kindness and forbearance born of his own personal faith.” Alana Harris is Director of Liberal Arts and Reader in Modern British and Gender History at King’s College London and co-author of Sink or Swim. Isabel Ryan is the younger daughter of the artist and cartoonist John Ryan, and co-author of Sink or Swim. Your ticket (and book, if relevant) will be available to collect on the door at the event – please bring your order number. If you buy tickets at the discounted student price, please also bring valid student ID.

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  • Telling the truth: the call to write fiction

    by SacristyPress

    £7.00

    Sarah Meyrick Wednesday 13 October 2021 at 7pm in Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral A Durham Book Festival Fringe author event. Tickets £7 each, or £15 with a copy of the book. Student discount available.  “Good writing is about telling the truth,” says best-selling American author Anne Lamott. But what does that mean in the context of fiction? What truths can a novelist tell? Sarah Meyrick’s latest novel, Joy and Felicity, is an exploration of the secrets and lies that cast a long shadow over the lives of one family. Like her earlier books Knowing Anna and The Restless Wave the author explores family dynamics, love and loss, and the role of faith on the choices we make. The author talks about her work, how she finds inspiration, and the stories she chooses to tell. She shares her thoughts on the purpose of fiction and the truths it explores.  Sarah Meyrick is a former journalist, now working as Public Engagement Manager at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Her latest novel was published by Sacristy Press earlier this year. She organises the Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature. Your ticket (and book, if relevant) will be available to collect on the door at the event – please bring your order number. If you buy tickets at the discounted student price, please also bring valid student ID.

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  • Pilgrims Progress: locating Northern Saints in the landscape

    by SacristyPress

    £7.00

    Gavin Wakefield Monday 11 October 2021 at 7pm in Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral A Durham Book Festival Fringe author event. Tickets £7 each, or £15 with a copy of the book. Student discount available.  Pilgrimage is trending. Durham is at the centre of a new web of trails based on ancient pilgrim routes. Building on the growing fascination for pilgrimage, we can enrich imaginations and connect ourselves to the Christian story of the North East. Author Gavin Wakefield asks if we can “re-sacralise the familiar” by telling the stories of local Christian saints – some well-known, some obscure – and connecting the lives of those holy people to our present context in the North East. Gavin Wakefield is the author of Saints and Holy Places of Yorkshire and was Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Your ticket (and book, if relevant) will be available to collect on the door at the event – please bring your order number. If you buy tickets at the discounted student price, please also bring valid student ID.

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  • Joy and Felicity

    by Sarah Meyrick ★★★★

    Paperback £12.99 £9.99
    ISBN: 978-1-78959-176-7

    What happens when everything you thought you knew about your family turns out to be a lie? As two sisters meet at their dying mother’s bedside, they discover a bond between them that runs far deeper than they imagined. Will the truth about secrets buried in their past finally set them free?

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  • Saints and Holy Places of Yorkshire: A Pilgrims' Guide to God's Own County

    by Gavin Wakefield ★★★★

    Paperback £9.99 £8.99
    ISBN: 978-1-78959-103-3

    A unique guide for visitors to the many pilgrimage sites in Yorkshire and the holy people who have been associated with these places.

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  • Sink or Swim: Catholicism in Sixties Britain through John Ryan's Cartoons

    by Alana Harris and Isabel Ryan, and John Ryan (illustrator)

    Paperback £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-78959-138-5

    Cartoons by John Ryan, better known as the creator of Captain Pugwash, provide a personal portrait of the extraordinary ups and downs of religion in the Sixties—encompassing the machinations of popes and cardinals, the testimony of expert witnesses, runaway priests, radical reformists and lay protest movements.

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