A book festival which brings Derby’s residents together in a love of books and also inspires new readers to appreciate the pleasure and power of reading.
Jenny and Sian
Jenny Denton and Sian Hoyle set up the Festival in February 2014. Jenny has previously worked in community development and corporate social responsibility and Sian’s background is in marketing and events management.
Jenny and Sian are responsible for the overall running and programming, with Jenny leading on the volunteer programme and ‘special’ projects, which include Derby Reads, Flash Fiction competition, Children’s Book Trail and the community project with Derby College. Sian manages the marketing and publicity for the Festival including the taster events and production of the Festival programme.
Original idea for Derby Book Festival, born over a glass of wine in QUAD by two book lovers, Jenny Denton and Sian Hoyle.
Liz Fothergill agrees to be the Festival Chair
First meeting of the Festival Management Committee
Announcement of the first Derby Book Festival
First Derby Book Festival with Michael Morpurgo, Sarah Waters, David Nicholls, Simon Armitage, Penelope Lively, James Naughtie
Announcement of dates for the second Derby Book Festival
Announcement of Carol Ann Duffy to open the Festival in Derby Cathedral
Second Derby Book Festival held with Joan Bakewell, Simon Callow, Tracy Chevalier, Matt Haig, Ken Livingstone, James Naughtie, Matthew Parris, Sunjeev Sahota and Alison Weir
Derby Book Festival
9 - 17 June 2017