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Did you enjoy watching Apple Tree Yard? Posted on 17th February 2017

If you are one of the millions of people gripped by the recent BBC dramatization of Apple Tree Yard, we hope you will be excited about our latest news:  author, Louise Doughty will be joining us on Saturday 10 June at QUAD. Louise will be in conversation with Sandeep Mahal, Director…

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Flash Fiction entries more than double! Posted on 15th February 2017

We have been completely overwhelmed by the response to this year’s Flash Fiction Writing Competition.  We have received 713 entries – which is more than double last year’s figure of just over 300! We are particularly delighted that the numbers of entries from under 16s has increased: this year we…

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First Festival Events on Sale Posted on 9th February 2017

Our first three events are now on sale at Derby LIVE!   You can now get tickets for architectural historian Dan Cruickshank, comic and author Shappi Khorsandi and poet Helen Mort with author Dan Richards.  They will all be appearing at Festival events in The Guildhall. We hope to have news…

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The Essex Serpent is coming to Derby Posted on 1st February 2017

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Perry will join us at the third Derby Book Festival to talk about her best selling novel, The Essex Serpent, which won the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and was also shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year. Set in 1893,…

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Flash Fiction Writing Competition 2017 Posted on 10th January 2017

Can you write about ‘Journeys’ in just 50 words? That is the challenge we are setting for our 2017 Fifty Word Flash Fiction Writing Competition which is launched today (10 January). We are looking for stories of exactly fifty words, as calculated on the website entry form (excluding the title).…

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