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Considering #MeToo Posted on 11th October 2019

Addressing the themes of grooming and rape, Sofia Zinovieff’s ‘Putney’ and Emma Glass’ ‘Peach’ approach these disturbing subjects in very different ways, but both will resonate with anyone who was a teenager in the 60s and 70s and with parents of teenagers and young adults aware of the #MeToo movement…

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Performance Poetry in the Midlands – Part 2 Posted on 10th October 2019

Our 2019 Festival featured some wonderful performance poetry, from the Ted Hughes Award-winning poet and author Hollie McNish to local stars from the Midlands including Dan Webber, Nafeesa Hamid and Rupinder Kaur. The Midlands has a lively and dynamic performance poetry scene with several monthly events in Derbyshire alone and…

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Flash Fiction and the world of Derby Book Festival Posted on 3rd October 2019

Every year we set a Flash Fiction challenge with a unique prize. Can you write a story in 50 words that will spellbind and engage us, and win the chance to have your work published on a limited edition Festival bookmark illustrated by a local artist? There’s also a £50…

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Why does anyone set up a Festival? Posted on 3rd October 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? We’ve already covered the Derby Book…

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Autumn tickets selling fast Posted on 27th September 2019

We are really pleased that, in just over two weeks, ticket sales are going well for our Autumn Edition. If you haven’t yet booked for Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) – don’t delay!  It is looking likely to sell out within the next week.  Tickets are also selling well for…

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