Derby Book Festival

31 May - 8 June 2019

Bookings now open: An Evening with Paddy Ashdown, Tuesday 23 October at 7.30pm.

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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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Shared Reading volunteers needed! Posted on 5th October 2018

Do you love reading and enjoy meeting new people?  If you can spare 2 – 3 hours each week or fortnight Shared Reading could be for you. We are running an information session in Derby on the morning of Thursday 25 October. The session will be very informal and will…

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Fascinating Feedback from the Festival Posted on 25th September 2018

Thank you for completing our event evaluations We were very pleased to receive over 600 evaluation forms from this year’s Festival giving us invaluable feedback.  Everyone who gave us their email address has now been signed up for this eshot.  If you would like to receive the eshot, do sign…

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Special event with Paddy Ashdown Posted on 1st September 2018

This year we are hoping to hold a number of ‘off programme’, interim events in the run up to our 2019 Festival. We are delighted to announce that the first of these will be held on Tuesday 23 October at 7.30pm with Paddy Ashdown, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats,…

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