Derby Book Festival

3 – 11 June 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported our first
Festival held from 31 May – 7 June 2015

Bringing books to life!

Welcome to Derby Book Festival

The first Derby Book Festival included 64 events and activities, 36 venues, over 3000 tickets sold, over 10,000 participants, 14 sold out events and 98% of feedback rated events as Excellent or Good.

The Festival would not have happened without the support of all the arts and educational organisations in the city as well as businesses, sponsors and volunteers. We feel we can safely say it has been a success!

The Festival celebrates the joy of books and the pleasure and power of reading and aims to inspire a new generation of readers. It welcomes internationally celebrated, best-selling authors as well as a broad range of local writing talent and has an exciting educational programme.

Download the new Derby Book Festival programme for 2016


Latest from the blog

Books and the Arts – Why They Matter

Posted on 20th May 2016

We’ve had several requests for more information about the event on Friday 10 June in Derby Cathedral with BBC Radio 4’s James Naughtie and Arts Council Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette.    They will be engaged in what we anticipate will be a lively discussion on Books and the Arts – Why They Matter. At a time when the book industry faces ...

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Two Festival artists nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Posted on 16th May 2016

Congratulations to Ben Duke and author Sunjeev Sahota who are nominated in two categories for the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards.  The winners will be announced during the Festival on 5 June. Ben Duke, Artistic Director of dance company Lost Dog, is nominated in the Dance category for Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), which he will perform at ...

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