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The Essex Serpent wins Book of the Year Posted on 18th May 2017

Congratulations to Festival author, Sarah Perry, whose second novel, The Essex Serpent, won both the Fiction Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Awards last week. The Essex Serpent is described as a gothic tale and ‘one of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade.’ …

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Message for Sebastian Faulks ticket holders Posted on 11th May 2017

We are delighted that our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks is now sold out. We were also looking forward to welcoming back BBC News’ Special Correspondent, James Naughtie, to interview Sebastian.  However, due to the unexpected announcement of the General Election on Thursday 8 June,  James has, very reluctantly, had…

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Volunteers ready for action! Posted on 8th May 2017

Our army of 80 strong volunteers are now ‘booted’ (with 2017 t-shirts) and ready for action at this year’s Festival.  We’ve held two briefing sessions over the past two weeks to familiarise them with this year’s programme, the volunteer roles, our policies and what to expect!  We have a great…

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Ticket sales up by 40% Posted on 20th April 2017

Following our launch event last week in QUAD, tickets have been selling like hot cakes!  Compared to our first week’s sales last year, they are up by 40% so we hope that trend continues throughout the coming weeks.  A few events are already over half full, so don’t leave it…

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And here it is … Posted on 12th April 2017

Our programme is out Thank you to everyone who came along to QUAD last night for Derby Reads.  We were delighted with the response and it was our first sold out event of 2017!   There were some inspirational readings from books by authors appearing at this year’s Festival and it…

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