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Looking for the perfect Christmas present? Posted on 7th December 2019

Look no further – take out Festival Friends’ membership for a book loving friend … or treat yourself! In 2018 we launched our Festival Friends’ membership and have been delighted that so many of our supporters have joined us. The annual membership, which runs from 1 January each year, offers…

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First authors announced for our 2020 Festival Posted on 28th November 2019

The waiting is over!  We can now reveal just a few of the authors who will be joining us at our 2020 Festival. Crime writer, Val McDermid will be joining us in 2020!  We had hoped to welcome her to Derby in 2019 but sadly she had to pull out. …

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Six translated novels that make perfect Christmas gifts Posted on 25th November 2019

Translated literature has traditionally formed a very small percentage of the overall book market, particularly here in the UK, where we have been inexplicably reluctant to engage with ‘foreign’ books. To be fair, in the past, translations were not always as nuanced, elegant and readable as they are today. These…

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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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