Derby Book Festival

1 - 9 June 2018

The Festival Programme is now out and tickets are on sale for all events

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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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Congratulations to this year’s Flash Fiction winners Posted on 14th April 2018

This year’s theme ‘If Only’ resulted in some highly imaginative and thought provoking entries across all categories.  We were delighted to include a new category this year for women at HMP Foston Hall.   We hope to continue our partnership with them in future years. The winners and runners up of…

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The 2018 Festival Programme is now out! Posted on 13th April 2018

Thank you to everyone who came along to QUAD last night for Derby Reads.  We were delighted with the response and we’ve had some lovely comments about the event – and about this year’s programme!   There were some inspirational readings from books by authors appearing at this year’s Festival and…

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More tickets released for Opening Event with Ken Clarke Posted on 11th April 2018

The box office opens again at 12noon on Thursday 12 April for ticket sales to our Opening Event with Ken Clarke in conversation with Alan Johnson, sponsored by Peveril Homes. We were overwhelmed with the demand for tickets for this event in Derby Theatre and wanted to ensure that some…

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