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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Launch of our Children’s Picture Book Award Posted on 22nd January 2019

We are very excited about a new project we have just launched.  Children’s Picture Book Award to celebrate picture books that children can relate to, giving them a window on the world and a mirror of themselves. The Festival aims to celebrate the joy of books and reading and we…

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Tribute to Paddy Ashdown Posted on 22nd December 2018

We are deeply saddened to hear the news that Paddy Ashdown has died this evening. We were lucky enough to be joined by Paddy in October at a special Festival event in QUAD.  He gave a fascinating talk about his last book ‘Nein!’, the story of those at the very…

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Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a book filled 2019! Posted on 19th December 2018

We would like to wish all our subscribers a very Happy Christmas and to thank you for your support in 2018.  Your support is vital to ensuring the continuation and development of the Festival so we do hope to see you at next year’s Festival. Please do continue to help…

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