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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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Inspiring books with debut author Laura Shepherd-Robinson Posted on 20th November 2019

Debut author Laura Shepherd-Robinson appeared at our 2019 Festival to talk about her novel Blood Sugar and the journey to becoming a writer. We invited Laura to share more about her literary inspirations with us in a series of guest blogs. Books that inspired me to write #1: An Instance…

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Sliding doors and Children’s Picture Book awards Posted on 7th November 2019

Only 4% of the 9,115 children’s books published in 2017 featured Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority characters (BAME), but at the last census in 2011, nearly a fifth of the population of Derby identified as BAME. This lack of representation brought Di Smith, a volunteer who organises our annual Meet…

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Considering #MeToo Posted on 11th October 2019

Addressing the themes of grooming and rape, Sofia Zinovieff’s ‘Putney’ and Emma Glass’ ‘Peach’ approach these disturbing subjects in very different ways, but both will resonate with anyone who was a teenager in the 60s and 70s and with parents of teenagers and young adults aware of the #MeToo movement…

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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