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Making sure you keep up to date with all the book events.

ACCLAIMED poet Don Paterson will read from his Forward Prize-winning collection, Rain, at the opening event of the festival on Friday (Town Hall, 7.30pm). It's a Scottish poetry night also featuring Robert Crawford and Judith Taylor. Saturday brings all the fun of the Book Fete, a chance to swap books, play Scrabble and Boggle, take part in writing workshops and see new books. Peter Mortimer, Tony Horne and Sheila Binks will all be launching new books at the event which takes place from noon to 5pm at Durham Students' Union.

Saturday is also Ideas Day with talks by leading thinkers Charles Fernyhough (on children's minds), Ziauddin Sardar (on Balti Britain), Ben Wilson (on liberty), and John Gray (on economics, global bank crashes and where we go next).

Julian Baggini will also apply his philosophical scalpel to famous sayings, proverbs and homespun wisdom. When in Rome, should we really do as the Romans do? And should we really practise what we preach? Nature Day, on Sunday, October 25, includes an eco-poetry event in Durham University Botanic Garden with readings by Harriet Tarlo and talks in the Gala Studio.

A new public art work by Alec Finlay, Home to a King, will also be unveiled at the Botanic Gardens.

Esther Woolfson, author of Corvus: A Life with Birds, will talk about what it's like to live with a family of corvids (that's crows, ravens, jackdaws and the like) while Gillian Darley and Madeleine Bunting will talk about landscapes and the imagination.

Leading Observer journalist Lynn Barber promises to tell us all about her younger self and introduces the film of her teenage years, An Education, on Sunday, October 25.

On the same day, Nick Hornby, author of classic books such as Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About a Boy, talks about his long awaited new novel, Juliet, Naked.

Marina Lewycka, author of the hilarious A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Two Caravans, will be reading from her new novel, We Are All Made of Glue, with Amanda Craig, author of Hearts and Minds on October 27.

Comedy's Mr Deadpan, Jack Dee, unveils his new autobiography, spilling the beans about his early life and disastrous day jobs, in an event on October 28.

On October 28, leading business executive David Erdal talks about his book Local Heroes and his work in transferring firms into employee ownership. This is an event with the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Tommy Weiringa, Richard Milward, Jacob Polley and Sean O'Brien will talk about their new novels on October 31 at the Gala Theatre.

Historian Wendy Moore tells the shocking story of Mary Eleanor, the heir of George Bowes, from her ground-breaking biography Wedlock at Palace Green Library on October 29.

Kate Mosse introduces her anticipated new novel, The Winter Ghosts, on October 29 at the Gala Theatre.

And on October 30, Poets Laureate past and present meet at Durham Town Hall. Sir Andrew Motion will talk about his work and then introduce his Poet Laureate successor, Carol Ann Duffy.

The Twilight Zone Quiz gets us in the Halloween mood on October 31 at the Oriental Museum when Seven Stories presents a quiz and live storytelling for fans of Stephanie Meyer's smash hit Twilight books.

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