Welcome to

Derby Book Festival

Welcome to Derby Book Festival. Our annual Festival was established in 2015 and is held every June over nine days.

Derby Book Festival celebrates the joy of books and reading for all ages and interests, with a programme featuring great writers, poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

Each year we welcome internationally celebrated, best-selling authors as well as a broad range of local writing talent and include an exciting children, families and educational programme.

There’s something for everyone with topics ranging from cycling to cricket, railways to real ale and birding to board games!

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We’re still here … and working! Posted on 30th March 2020

Even though we took the painful decision to cancel the Festival, there is still plenty going on behind the scenes. We plan to send you this weekly e-shot at 10am every Monday for the forseeable future to keep you updated on what’s happening and to share our plans – as…

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Very sad to tell you … Posted on 23rd March 2020

We are very sad to have to announce that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Derby Book Festival, which was due to be held from 29 May – 6 June 2020.  This decision is not made lightly and has been made in consultation with our trustees and…

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Important information for Derby Reads ticket holders Posted on 17th March 2020

We regret to announce that Derby Reads is cancelled. Like all UK event organisers, Derby Book Festival is having to make plans in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to Government advice issued yesterday, we have reluctantly decided to cancel our 2020 programme launch, Derby Reads, which was scheduled for…

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Community Programme

From its inception the aim of Derby Book Festival has been to work across our rich and diverse city to engage with as many communities as possible and inspire a love of books and reading. To fulfil this challenge we run two key programmes: Shared Writing and Shared Reading.

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Derby Book Festival is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales Number 1159763