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Festival tickets now on sale for events at Derby Theatre Posted on 23rd February 2018

We now have three more Festival events on sale from today (23 February) at Derby Theatre.  These are: our Opening Event with Ken Clarke in conversation with Alan Johnson our Closing Event, The Mozart Question, narrated by Sir Michael Morpurgo a special event with The Bookshop Band performing with authors…

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First Festival Events on Sale at the Guildhall Posted on 16th February 2018

Tickets for four Festival events to be held at the Guildhall Theatre through Derby LIVE are on sale from 9am today (16 February). You can book tickets through our website: or in person/by telephone at the Derby LIVE box office: 01332 255800.  All the prices quoted are for online bookings: an…

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Derby Reads launch event tickets now available Posted on 29th January 2018

Tickets go on sale today for Derby Reads, our Festival programme launch event to be held in QUAD on Thursday 12 April.  As well as sharing the anticipated highlights of this year’s Festival, with readings from some of the wonderful books to be featured, we will also announce the winning stories…

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Joanna Cannon event postponed Posted on 26th January 2018

Sadly Joanna Cannon has been forced to cancel her pre-Festival event on 29 January due to illness.  However, the event is being rescheduled for Monday 12 March at 6.30pm in QUAD. If you have tickets for the 29 January event, these will be valid for 12 March event, or QUAD can arrange…

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Can you write just 50 words on the theme of ‘If Only’? Posted on 10th January 2018

This is the challenge we are setting for our 2018 Fifty Word Flash Fiction Writing Competition, which is launched today, Wednesday 10 January. We are looking for stories of exactly fifty words, as calculated on the website entry form (excluding the title). You can interpret the theme of ‘If Only’ in any way you wish,…

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