To celebrate our fourth Festival we’ve teamed up with The Book Fairies, an organisation that hides free books around the world for people to find. On Tuesday 29 May, The Book Fairies will arrive in Derby to hide books across the city centre for people to discover and keep.
There will be a copy of a book by each author appearing at our 2018 Festival, amongst these will be a signed edition of each book including books signed by Sathnam Sanghera, Michael Morpurgo, and Kate Mosse. So keep your eyes peeled to discover a classic of your very own!
We’ll be announcing the activity on social media throughout the day, so make sure you are signed up to hear some clues!
Focus on biographies
One of our most popular genres is biographies and this year we have lots of fascinating people featured in both autobiographies and biographies.
- Historian and historical fiction author, Alison Weir, returns to the Festival on Wednesday 6 June to talk about Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s ill -fated third wife in her latest book in the Six Tudor Queens series, sponsored by Freeths. If you haven’t heard Alison speak at previous Festivals, you are in for a treat. Her presentations are a tour de force with an abundance of fascinating images and perceptions about her subject. You will be enthralled by Alison’s wealth of knowledge and meticulous research.
- Our Afternoon Tea events are always hugely popular and we are delighted to welcome Anne de Courcy on Thursday 7 June at an event sponsored by Nelsons. She will join us at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel to talk about The Husband Catchers: Social Climbing in London and New York which focuses on the period around the turn of the 20th century and the arrival of dozens of young American heiresses who married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Please note the booking deadline is 25 May.
- There are just a handful of tickets left for James Hamilton’s talk about artist Thomas Gainsborough on Saturday 2 June, to be held in the Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum & Art Gallery. James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad transported to the heights of fashion; a family man, whose volatility could lead him to slash his paintings; the rake-on-the-make in London; a friend of royalty and the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London. James Hamilton grew up in Derby and it was his visits to see the Joseph Wright paintings that led him to become an art historian, curator and writer.
- Margaret Willey returns to the Festival on Wednesday 6 June to talk about the renowned Restoration figures and diarists, Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. Extraordinary men and close friends they had shared interests: diary-keeping, science travel and a love of books. Margaret Willes revisits the history of London and England at a time of regicide, revolution, fire and plague.
- Rob Andrew was one of the most celebrated Rugby Union players of the 1980s and 90s, playing for England and the British Lions. Less well known is his brief career in first class cricket whilst at University and also played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Second XI. Formerly the Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons, he is credited with discovering Jonny Wilkinson. He will join us at the 3aaa County Ground to discuss his autobiography, Rugby -The Game of My Life on Monday 4 June.
- Former Tate Britain curator, Mary Horlock joins us on Sunday 3 June at our Déda Takeover Day to talk about her great grandfather, the artist Joseph Gray, who was also a camouflage pioneer. Joseph Gray’s Camouflage is a book about love and war, and the deceptions they inspire. During the Second World War Joseph found a new creative outlet: the art of camouflage, using it to find fresh purpose in wartime, it also allowed him to lead a double life. He disappeared from the family he’d already created when he fell in love with another woman.
Waterstones Book Trail
The children’s book trail returns in Sadlergate and the Strand Arcade on Friday 25 May. This year it has a forest theme and children are asked to identify the book and author from the image in shop windows. Quiz sheets can be picked up in participating shops and completed sheets should be posted in the special letter box in the White Stuff shop.
Book related Jewellery
Pop along to the QUAD shop when you are at the Festival and take a look at the lovely book brooches and earrings created by one of QUAD’s talented team for Derby Book Festival. Daisy’s jewellery will be on display in the cabinets on the ground floor.