Derby Book Festival

31 May - 8 June 2019

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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’d love you to become a Festival Friend! Posted on 5th December 2018

In 2018 we launched our Festival Friends membership and were delighted that so many of our supporters joined us. The annual membership, which runs from 1 January each year, offers a range of benefits (outlined below).   We have just launched our Festival Friends for 2019 and hope more of our…

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We are recruiting … Posted on 3rd December 2018

Would you like to help us organise our volunteers and logistics at the Festival?   Post:                        Logistics/Volunteer Co-ordinator Contract Period:   Freelance contract for 60 days’ work from January to July 2019 (time variable and to be agreed, but full time…

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First authors announced for our 2019 Festival Posted on 20th November 2018

The waiting is over!  We can now reveal just a few of the authors who will be joining us at our 2019 Festival.  Crime fiction is probably the most popular genre of literature currently and we are delighted to announce that Val McDermid, arguably the leading crime writer in the…

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