Derby Book Festival

31 May - 8 June 2019

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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!


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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Shortlist announced for our Children’s Picture Book Award Posted on 11th February 2019

We are delighted to announce the four books that have been shortlisted for the first Derby Book Festival Children’s Picture Book Award, which aims to celebrate picture books that children can relate to and in which the diversity and challenges of modern life are represented.  A group of 12 Derby…

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Festival team expands Posted on 23rd January 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Festival team member.  Gini Smith has now joined us as our Volunteer Co-ordinator and Logistics Manager.  Gini has a background in events management and fundraising with Macmillan and we feel sure her experience will prove invaluable! Volunteer recruitment 2019 Gini’s…

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Launch of our Children’s Picture Book Award Posted on 22nd January 2019

We are very excited about a new project we have just launched.  Children’s Picture Book Award to celebrate picture books that children can relate to, giving them a window on the world and a mirror of themselves. The Festival aims to celebrate the joy of books and reading and we…

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