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Are you looking forward to our 2020 Festivals? Posted on 2nd February 2020

Are you looking forward to our 2020 Festivals? Plans are well underway for our 2020 Festivals.  We are currently finalising events at Derby Theatre and at Déda as their spring brochures are produced before ours.  We only have a few spaces left to fill now in the programme so it’s…

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Books to inspire writers with Laura Shepherd-Robinson Posted on 29th January 2020

Debut author Laura Shepherd-Robinson appeared at our 2019 Festival to talk about her novel Blood Sugar and the journey to becoming a writer. We invited Laura to share more about her literary inspirations with us in a series of guest blogs. Books that inspired me to write #2: The Quincunx…

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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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