World book test is praised.
Oscar Watson, a member of the region's Black and Minority Ethnic Forum, praised the nine-day Durham Book Festival 2008 which offers a range of events across Durham City and the county to challenge attitudes.
Mr Watson, director of the North East Cultural Diversity Arts Forum, said: "It's great there's more variety of art available in the North East from people of different countries who've made their homes here."
One of the events is a partnership between the festival and the Pakistan Cultural Society (PCS) and features a platform of multicultural writing which will introduce readings, debate and enlightenment.
Tony Spencer, arts development Officer for the PCS, said: "I believe the Durham Book Festival 2008 has been a wonderful cultural window for people to peer through and encounter stories, novels and poetry from different communities."
Events are being held in various locations and full details are available at www.bookfestival.org.uk
LITERATURE FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Oscar Watson, director of the North East Cultural Diversity Arts Forum, praised the diverse literature of the Durham Book Festival