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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 Programme 2019

The new 2019 Festival Programme is now available to view online! Click here to see all the events for this year...

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Everyday adventures with QClub Posted on 3rd June 2019

On Saturday 8 June we welcome TV producer and award-winning comedy writer Henry Normal to Derby Book Festival for two events, the first of which focuses on Henry’s new book, A Normal Family: Everyday adventures with our autistic son. Both events take place at Derby QUAD, which for many years…

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Congratulations to the winners of our Flash Fiction Writing competition Posted on 31st May 2019

We received nearly 350 entries across the four categories in this year’s Flash Fiction Writing competition on the theme ‘Our World’.  We are grateful to our judges for their careful consideration of the shortlisted stories that was drawn up by a small team led by  Jackie Carpenter, who organised this…

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Final few days … Posted on 27th May 2019

We are now putting the finishing touches to this year’s Festival and making the final arrangements with publishers and authors.  We have briefed our army of volunteers and they are ready to welcome you to this year’s Festival. We are very sorry that we have had so many cancellations by…

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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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31 May – 8 June 2019

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