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Catch Your Breath @ Clayport Library, Durham

Thu 10 Oct 2019 @ 9:30 AM - Sat 12 Oct 2019 @ 5:00 PM


This event is part of Durham County Council’s Durham Book Festival (5 – 13 October) programme, produced by New Writing North, which takes place in Durham city annually in October. Events are held all over Durham City and County Durham.

Breathing isn’t just a bodily function. It allows us to speak, laugh, and sing. It connects us to the outside world. It reflects our state of mind and can be consciously controlled. Breath has inspired art and literature. For many, it has a spiritual significance. The personal and cultural meaning of breath goes beyond the simple act of keeping us alive. 

Catch Your Breath explores the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, music, and literature, the exhibition discovers new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing.

This pop-up exhibition will be on display at this location from Thursday 10 October until Saturday 12 October.

On Saturday 12 October at 11am, poet Christy Ducker will hold a writing workshop inspired by the breath. Visit our event page for more details. 

This exhibition is free, so there’s no need to book!

Clayport Library opening times

  • Thursday: 9.30am – 7.00pm
  • Friday: 9.30am – 7.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm


Thu 10 Oct 2019 @ 9:30 AM
Sat 12 Oct 2019 @ 5:00 PM
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Clayport Library
Millennium Place
Durham, Durham DH1 1WA United Kingdom
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0191 386 0379