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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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Considering #MeToo Posted on 11th October 2019

Addressing the themes of grooming and rape, Sofia Zinovieff’s ‘Putney’ and Emma Glass’ ‘Peach’ approach these disturbing subjects in very different ways, but both will resonate with anyone who was a teenager in the 60s and 70s and with parents of teenagers and young adults aware of the #MeToo movement…

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Performance Poetry in the Midlands – Part 2 Posted on 10th October 2019

Our 2019 Festival featured some wonderful performance poetry, from the Ted Hughes Award-winning poet and author Hollie McNish to local stars from the Midlands including Dan Webber, Nafeesa Hamid and Rupinder Kaur. The Midlands has a lively and dynamic performance poetry scene with several monthly events in Derbyshire alone and…

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Flash Fiction and the world of Derby Book Festival Posted on 3rd October 2019

Every year we set a Flash Fiction challenge with a unique prize. Can you write a story in 50 words that will spellbind and engage us, and win the chance to have your work published on a limited edition Festival bookmark illustrated by a local artist? There’s also a £50…

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