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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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Write the book you want to read Posted on 22nd August 2019

At the 2019 Festival we welcomed a panel of successful authors to talk about their very different journeys into the world of publishing, from self-published Amazon hits to bestselling traditional paperbacks. Our Routes into Publishing event featured Lucy Foley, Rachel Abbott and Tracy Bloom. In the audience for the event…

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Our Autumn Edition is coming soon … Posted on 16th August 2019

We are currently finalising the programme for our first Autumn Edition on 26 & 27 October. Tickets will go on sale on Monday 9 September and we will send you a link to the website with all the booking links.  We plan to hold the majority of the events in…

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Book signings that gave us something to remember Posted on 6th August 2019

We’re always touched by how much time our guests give to their audiences for book signings. Every event is accompanied by a patient line of passionate fans, and each one of them goes away with more than just a signed book after a conversation with our featured writer. But some…

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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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29 May – 6 June 2020

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