Derby Book Festival

31 May - 8 June 2019

We are recruiting to an exciting new freelance role at the Festival...

Tickets now on sale for Festival events at Derby Theatre and with Derby LIVE

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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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We are recruiting for a Marketing Assistant Posted on 7th March 2019

Would you like to help us manage our social media and marketing activities for the Festival?   To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to: Roxanne@derbybookfestival.co.uk or by post to: Derby Book Festival, 13 Lavender Row, Derby, DE22 1DF. Deadlines for applications: 5pm Monday 25 March 2019 Interviews will…

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Tickets now on sale for Fesival events with Derby LIVE Posted on 4th March 2019

A few more Festival events are on sale from 10am today, Monday 4 March.  These are likely to be the final ones before all of our remaining events go on sale on Wednesday 10 April. You can find details of all of our Festival events on our website. Museum Sleepover…

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Museum Sleepover and Derby Reads tickets Posted on 25th February 2019

Museum Sleepover One of the first events to sell out each year is the Museum Sleepover, and we feel sure this year’s will be no exception!  This year’s theme is ‘History is Horrible’ and the Sleepover will be held overnight on Saturday 1 June. Tickets go on sale at 10am…

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