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Trains and birds to feature in Festival events Posted on 15th February 2016

We have today announced a few more Festival events to whet the appetite ahead of our full programme launch on 5 April.  We aim to include events with Derby-related themes and are delighted to celebrate Derby’s railway history with author Simon Bradley in the historic Roundhouse.  Simon’s book The Railways:…

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Debut author already a best seller Posted on 9th February 2016

Joanna Cannon at No 7 in best seller list Great news for our debut author Joanna Cannon – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is No 7 in The Sunday Times best seller list this weekend, just 10 days after its publication. Flash Fiction Writing Competition People clearly can’t wait…

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Dame Joan Bakewell to speak at Festival Lunch Posted on 2nd February 2016

We are delighted to announce that Dame Joan Bakewell will be joining us on Thursday 9 June to speak at our Festival Lunch, which will be held in the Cathedral Quarter Hotel.  The event will be sponsored by PwC UK. She will be talking about her latest book, Stop the…

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Flash Fiction Writing Competition 2016 launched today Posted on 19th January 2016

Can you write a story about ‘Secrets’ in just 50 words? That is the challenge we are setting as we launch our second Flash Fiction Writing Competition today (19 January).  We are seeking submissions of stories of exactly 50 words, as measured on the website entry form (excluding the title). …

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First tickets on sale… soon Posted on 23rd December 2015

Carol Ann Duffy tickets on sale from 1 January Tickets go on sale on 1 January for the Festival’s Opening Event with Carol Ann Duffy on Friday 3 June 2016.  You can buy them online at or in person at QUAD, our Festival Box Office.   So if you are…

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