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The Past, Present and Future of our Shared Writing project Posted on 25th September 2019

Derby has a rich multicultural population with over 20% either born, or with a heritage, outside the UK, and for many English is a second language. Since 2016 our Shared Writing programme has encouraged young people from these communities to engage with books and reading through writing their own stories.…

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Why would we set up a Book Festival? Posted on 13th September 2019

Our Festival dream began in 2014, with the first glimmer of an idea to create something which could be enjoyed by all ages and interests. But what drives anyone to make such a huge investment of time, energy and passion into a public event? First, the Derby Book Festival story…

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Tickets now on sale for our Autumn Edition Posted on 9th September 2019

We’re delighted to announce the full line-up for our first Autumn Edition, which runs from Friday 25 October through to Sunday 27 October.  Tickets are on sale from 10am today (Monday 9 September). The Autumn Edition includes 10 events.  We hope you agree that the programme is a great mix…

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Introducing our new Festival Director Posted on 4th September 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Vicky Dawson as our new Festival Director.  She will join the team from 1 September on a part-time basis, continuing in her current role at Buxton International Festival where she is Book Festival Director. Vicky has spent three decades in the book…

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Write the book you want to read Posted on 22nd August 2019

At the 2019 Festival we welcomed a panel of successful authors to talk about their very different journeys into the world of publishing, from self-published Amazon hits to bestselling traditional paperbacks. Our Routes into Publishing event featured Lucy Foley, Rachel Abbott and Tracy Bloom. In the audience for the event…

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