Derby Book Festival

1 - 9 June 2018

Tickets now on sale for four Festival events at the Guildhall

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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 tickets now on sale for events at Derby Theatre Posted on 23rd February 2018

We now have three more Festival events on sale from today (23 February) at Derby Theatre.  These are: our Opening Event with Ken Clarke in conversation with Alan Johnson our Closing Event, The Mozart Question, narrated by Sir Michael Morpurgo a special event with The Bookshop Band performing with authors…

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First Festival Events on Sale at the Guildhall Posted on 16th February 2018

Tickets for four Festival events to be held at the Guildhall Theatre through Derby LIVE are on sale from 9am today (16 February). You can book tickets through our website: or in person/by telephone at the Derby LIVE box office: 01332 255800.  All the prices quoted are for online bookings: an…

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Derby Reads launch event tickets now available Posted on 29th January 2018

Tickets go on sale today for Derby Reads, our Festival programme launch event to be held in QUAD on Thursday 12 April.  As well as sharing the anticipated highlights of this year’s Festival, with readings from some of the wonderful books to be featured, we will also announce the winning stories…

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