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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Why would we set up a Book Festival? Posted on 13th September 2019

Our Festival dream began in 2014, with the first glimmer of an idea to create something which could be enjoyed by all ages and interests. But what drives anyone to make such a huge investment of time, energy and passion into a public event? First, the Derby Book Festival story…

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Tickets now on sale for our Autumn Edition Posted on 9th September 2019

We’re delighted to announce the full line-up for our first Autumn Edition, which runs from Friday 25 October through to Sunday 27 October.  Tickets are on sale from 10am today (Monday 9 September). The Autumn Edition includes 10 events.  We hope you agree that the programme is a great mix…

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Introducing our new Festival Director Posted on 4th September 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Vicky Dawson as our new Festival Director.  She will join the team from 1 September on a part-time basis, continuing in her current role at Buxton International Festival where she is Book Festival Director. Vicky has spent three decades in the book…

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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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29 May – 6 June 2020

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