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We are recruiting Posted on 6th January 2020

Would you like to help us manage our social media and marketing activities for the Festival? We are offering a freelance contract for a Social Media and Marketing Assistant from February to June 2020. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to: or by post to Derby…

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Performance Poetry in the Midlands – Part 3 Posted on 6th January 2020

The 2019 Festival brought an exciting array of performance poetry to Derby, from national names like Henry Normal and Hollie McNish to local stars from the Midlands including Dan Webber, Nafeesa Hamid and Rupinder Kaur. The Midlands enjoys a lively and dynamic performance poetry scene, with several monthly events in…

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Happy Christmas to our Festival supporters Posted on 24th December 2019

We would like to wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas. We really could not exist without so many loyal book lovers supporting us:  this is vital to ensuring the Festival continues and flourishes for many years to come. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Festival.…

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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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