Following the success of our Reviewers in Residence programme at Durham Book Festival last year, we’re excited offer a new bunch of young people (aged 15-23) the chance to get involved again.

It’s a chance to hone your feature writing, blogging and interviewing skills through masterclasses and workshops with top professionals such as writer, journalist and broadcaster Anita Sethi and pop culture writers Amy Mackelden (Bustle) and Amy Roberts (Clarissa Explains F*ck All), get access to festival books and events and get a chance to interview festival stars. Our Reviewers in Residence team will be writing throughout the festival for the Durham Book Festival blog and for Cuckoo Review, and will have a chance to have their work published in the 2017 print edition of Cuckoo Press, published later this year.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to see how a book festival runs, improve journalism skills and do some networking with the literati, so if you’re interested in journalism, broadcasting, publishing or editing this is the opportunity for you.

And if you need a bit more encouragement, here is what last year’s Reviewers in Residence had to say about taking part:

“Really inspiring, boosted my confidence and gave me direction for what I want to do in the future”

“I have re-vamped my blog – really inspired to try vlogging as well now. I review things a lot more too. I also made new friends!”

“It was absolutely brilliant and I want to do it again.”


You MUST be based in the North of England, available for the majority of the key dates (listed below) and available during the Durham Book Festival (7-15 October 2017).

Thursday 14 September 2017 (5-6.30pm)
New Writing North Offices
Introduction to Durham Book Festival with Rebecca Wilkie (Senior Programme Manager – Festivals and Events) and Laura Fraine (Senior Marketing and Communications Manager).

Saturday 16 September 2017 (12-3pm)
Newcastle City Library
Using digital marketing and social media with Kate Horwath of AtomBank.

30 September 2017 (11am-4pm)
Newcastle City Library (Room 4, Level 3)
From editing content for some of the world’s leading women’s publications, to being a RuPaul’s Drag Race correspondent, Clarissa Explains F*ck All’s Amy Mackelden (Elle, Marie Claire) and Amy Roberts (Bustle, The Skinny) share their diverse experiences with pop culture writing, and teach you their essential tricks of the trade.

14 October 2017 (11.30am-12.30pm)
Empty Shop HQ
Q&A with writer, journalist and broadcaster Anita Sethi

To apply, please complete this online application form:


If you have questions or queries, please email