Derby Book Festival

9 - 17 June 2017

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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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The Essex Serpent wins Book of the Year Posted on 18th May 2017

Congratulations to Festival author, Sarah Perry, whose second novel, The Essex Serpent, won both the Fiction Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Awards last week. The Essex Serpent is described as a gothic tale and ‘one of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade.’ …

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Message for Sebastian Faulks ticket holders Posted on 11th May 2017

We are delighted that our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks is now sold out. We were also looking forward to welcoming back BBC News’ Special Correspondent, James Naughtie, to interview Sebastian.  However, due to the unexpected announcement of the General Election on Thursday 8 June,  James has, very reluctantly, had…

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Volunteers ready for action! Posted on 8th May 2017

Our army of 80 strong volunteers are now ‘booted’ (with 2017 t-shirts) and ready for action at this year’s Festival.  We’ve held two briefing sessions over the past two weeks to familiarise them with this year’s programme, the volunteer roles, our policies and what to expect!  We have a great…

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9 - 17 June 2017

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