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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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Enter our Flash Fiction Writing Competition 2019 Posted on 11th April 2019

Can you write about ‘Our World’ in up to 50 words? That is the challenge we are setting for our 2019 Fifty Word Flash Fiction Writing Competition which was launched last night at Derby Reads. We are looking for stories of up to fifty words, as calculated on the website entry form…

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The Festival Programme is out! Posted on 10th April 2019

Thank you to everyone who came along to QUAD for Derby Reads.  We were delighted with the response at our first event of 2019!   There were some inspirational readings from books by authors appearing at this year’s Festival and it was all brilliantly compèred again by QUAD’s CEO, Adam Buss…

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Final Programme in place! Posted on 7th April 2019

Only a few days to go until we announce this year’s Festival programme at our Derby Reads launch event in QUAD on Wednesday 10 April.  You will then be able to book tickets for all our Festival events either online from 6pm or you can book in person or over…

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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