And here it is …

12th April 2017

Our programme is out
Thank you to everyone who came along to QUAD last night for Derby Reads.  We were delighted with the response and it was our first sold out event of 2017!   There were some inspirational readings from books by authors appearing at this year’s Festival and it was all brilliantly compered once more by QUAD CEO, Adam Buss.

The programme is now published and you can download it from our website or pick up a copy from QUAD today.  Our army of distribution volunteers, co-ordinated by the formidably well organised Steph Marshall Power, will be out and about over the next few days getting copies around the city and county.

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s Festival:

  • Our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks in conversation with the BBC’s James Naughtie
  • Novelists Salley Vickers (Miss Garnet’s Angel), Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent), Alex Wheatle, Jon McGregor, Joanna Cannon & Emma Henderson plus a special event with Virago Press
  • Humour from Jenny Eclair and Shappi Khorsandi plus The Guardian’s columnist Tim Dowling and Matthew Parris on his latest book Scorn
  • Biographies by Martin Pearce (Spymaster), TV and film producer Tony Garnett, Alan Johnson MP (with Matthew Parris), heart surgeon Stephen Westaby, Laura Beers (on Ellen Wilkinson) and Helena Kelly on Jane Austen: The Secret Radical
  • Sports fans can enjoy Stuart Webb (on Derby County) and Ironman competitor, John McAvoy, who will feature at the Marketing Derby Bondholders’ Event
  • Eat and drink whilst listening to some of the country’s favourite authors at the Festival Lunch, with Dame Jenni Murray, and Afternoon Tea events with Katie Fforde and Paula Byrne plus Morning Coffee with Wendy Holden
  • History fans can enjoy Alison Weir (Anne Boleyn), David Templeman on Mary, Queen of Scots, and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank plus two social history events on Gardens of the British Working Class and fashion through the ages with The Button Box
  • Crime and thriller writers: Louise Doughty, Joseph Knox and our local Derbyshire Noir authors: Stephen Booth, Steven Dunne, Sarah Ward and Roz Watkins
  • For poetry lovers: John Hegley and Helen Mort
  • Closing Event with graphic artist Dave McKean featuring Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, commissioned by 14-18 Now who have organised the Poppies: Weeping Window tour.

Flash Fiction Writing Competition Winners
It was wonderful to have five of our six Flash Fiction winners at Derby Reads to receive their framed stories as well as the winning illustrator from the University of Derby, Jess Colclough.  A special award was made to six year old Isla Marshall Power from Markeaton Primary School for her story which won a separate competition at her school.

The stories and illustrations have now been printed onto this year’s bookmarks and were much sought after last night.  We will also be distributing these widely so look out for them and collect your set.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners:
Under 16s:

  • Halle Burton
  • Sophie Martin
  • Freddie Goddard

Over 16s

  • Sue Forrester
  • Catherine Newnham
  • Sherri Turner

Sold out events
Within minutes of the box office opening yesterday, the Museum Sleepover was sold out, with the phones ringing off the hook at QUAD!  The event, a first for the Festival and the second to be held at the Museum, was always going to be a popular one.  Spaces were inevitably limited, but we hope it’s an event we can repeat in future years.

The Beginner’s Bookbinding Workshop is also sold out at The Smallprint Company on Saturday 10 June.

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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