We can’t quite believe it, but as of today, it’s only 100 days until the first day of our Festival! Life is certainly getting busier at Derby Book Festival office as we finalise the programme. It goes off to our wonderful designer, Chris at WDA Branding next week so it’s ready to go to print at the end of March. We will take delivery of the Festival Programme on 11 April and tickets go on sale that day for all events.
Are your friends signed up for our e-shot?
We have over 960 subscribers to our e-shot and we hope to make it 1000 in the next few days. The 1000th subscriber will win two free tickets to our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks, so do encourage your friends to sign up – or sign them up yourself! If they win, as a true friend, let’s hope they invite you to join them at the event!
Sebastian Faulks tickets – don’t leave it too late!
Tickets went on sale last Wednesday for our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks in Derby Cathedral on Friday 9 June – and we have already sold nearly 200 tickets! Don’t delay if you are planning to buy tickets for this event, we’d hate anyone to be disappointed.
Meet the Author events for schools
Tomorrow (2 March) is World Book Day and we have announced the Meet the Author events for school children – years 2 – 6 in primaries and year 7 in secondaries. Each Derby City school will be invited to apply for six tickets for each event and in the last two years, nearly every school has applied.
We are delighted that we will have two events for primary schools in Derby Theatre this year: author Philip Reeve and author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre, who are best known for Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, and Pugs of the Frozen North will be at one event. Their latest novel is Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair. Their events are zany and fun and the children can look forward to being entertained and inspired.
The other event will feature Marcia Williams who has written and illustrated numerous books since The First Christmas was published in 1987. Many of these have been retellings of classic stories – from Noah’s Ark to Don Quixote – illustrated in her distinctive cartoon-strip style. She has also written two books about the First and Second World Wars: Archie’s War and My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright.
Secondary school pupils won’t miss out. Year 7 students will be invited to meet author Christopher Edge at the University of Derby. Christopher’s previous novel The Many Worlds of Albie Bright was described by The Times as proving “the theory that novels about science can be enormous fun.” His latest novel The Jamie Drake Equation again has a science theme, this time about having an astronaut for a dad.
We do hope that we get another great response from schools. If you have children in any Derby City school, do remind the school of these events so they don’t miss out.