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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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Festival Programme 2019

The new 2019 Festival Programme is now available to view online! Click here to see all the events for this year...

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Getting a taste of the Derby Book Festival Posted on 18th July 2019

Before our Festival kicked off this year we held a special preview event in May with Trent College in Long Eaton. Visitors from the local area came to hear from Joanna Courtney and Sophie Draper, two of our guests for the 2019 Festival, and to learn about the exciting events…

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Performance Poetry in the Midlands – Part 1 Posted on 12th July 2019

At this year’s Festival we had an exciting array of performance poetry, from the award-winning Henry Normal to local stars from the Midlands including Dan Webber, Nafeesa Hamid and Rupinder Kaur. If this whet your appetite for a regular dose of prosody, then you’re in luck – the Midlands has…

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And the winner of our eshot prize draw is… Posted on 1st July 2019

Congratulations to Susan Jennings, who has won two tickets to our brand new Autumn Edition mini-Festival on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019. Susan’s name was drawn at random from everyone who signed up to our regular eshot newsletter during the Derby Book Festival week. We put out regular…

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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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31 May – 8 June 2019

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