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Cutting the cake: Mary Bell and Cllr. Mary Hawgood

15th Anniversary

Durham's 2004 Literary Festival marked its fifteenth birthday by adopting a theme of celebration and collaboration. A programme of fifteen outstanding events, not to mention a feast of new publications, was launched by - what else? - a birthday party. Guest of honour was Mary Bell, the moving spirit behind Durham's first literature festival, seen here cutting the festival's birthday cake (with a little help from Cllr. Mary Hawgood, the Mayor of Durham).

Birthday Presents

The party also announced four exciting new pieces of work, specially commissioned to celebrate the continuing partnership of the Literature Festival with sponsors Cornwell Internet. The specification was that the work must be new, must be literary (in the broadest sense) and must be suitable for presentation on the Festival website.

Read more about the commissions project here.

And the winner is...

The 2004 Sense of Mischief Short Story competition produced four excellent winning entries, which we are delighted to be able to publish on this website for you to read on-line. For all information about the competition and awards, not to mention a quiz about children's books, visit the Sense of Mischief home page.

2004 Event Reports

Sunday 26 Beowulf: Hugh Lupton
Monday 27 White Mink: Diamond Twig book launch
Tuesday 28 WORKSHOP: John Murray
Tartan Noir: Ian Rankin
Wednesday 29 Bound: the Durham book
Thursday 30 Jill Paton Walsh
Sunday 3 Women in Exile
Tuesday 5 WORKSHOP: Alex Ferguson
Red-Hot & Raucous
Friday 8 Red Sky at Night
Saturday 9 Remembering Sid
Sunday 10 Into Print: Writers' News event
Tuesday 12 WORKSHOP: Debbie Taylor
Xinran: Good Women
Wednesday 13 Good Stories
Thursday 14 Vane Women
Saturday 16 Bloodaxe Anthology: Being Alive
Tuesday 19 WORKSHOP: Michael Standen
Iain Banks: The Algebraist
Wednesday 20 Sheree Mack: Poet in Residence
Roy Hattersley: Modern Times
Friday 22 Colpitts Poetry

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