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Books and the Arts – Why They Matter

20th May 2016

We’ve had several requests for more information about the event on Friday 10 June in Derby Cathedral with BBC Radio 4’s James Naughtie and Arts Council Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette.    They will be engaged in what we anticipate will be a lively discussion on Books and the Arts – Why They Matter.

At a time when the book industry faces significant challenges and when public funding of the arts is being drastically reduced, these two leading practitioners will make the case for championing and supporting books and the arts.

At our first Festival James, or Jim as he is popularly known, recorded an episode of Radio 4 Bookclub and spoke about his debut novel The Madness of July. This year he returns to talk about his second novel Paris Spring, a spy thriller set in 1968 when the Cold War was at its height.

Sir Peter, or Baz as he is popularly known, will talk about his time at the Arts Council and his belief that the arts and culture enhance every part of our lives.

The evening’s conversation will be punctuated with music from The Bookshop Band, who will be making three appearances at the Festival.

More events now sold out
Two more events have now sold out: Carol Ann Duffy on Friday 3 June and Roman Derbyshire on Monday 6 June.

Last few tickets available …
If you haven’t booked your tickets yet for Ken Livingstone and Matthew Parris, there are only a handful left!  We anticipate this event will be sold out over the weekend …!

Children’s Book Trail
Plans are well underway for the Children’s Book Trail in Sadlergate and the Strand Arcade.  Come along to the launch on Friday 27 May at 11am to meet The Cat in a Hat and Pippa Longstocking!  You can also be the first to have a go at the quiz and see the wonderful illustrations in nearly 40 shop windows.

Big Bus Book Swap
Have you spotted the new turquoise bookcases on the Villager bus routes?  If so, do take a photo andshare with us on social media!    The bookcases on the Sixes routes will be installed in the next few days.

Final push for Crowdfunding
We have now reached £800 towards our target of £1000, so please help us make the final push by Friday 27 May by visiting our Crowdfunding site.  We only need 8 people to pledge £25 each (or 20 people to pledge £10 each!) to make it there.  Don’t forget there are some great prizes to be won in our prize draw if you pledge £25 or more (as well as receiving one of the Festival tote bags).  You stand a good chance of winning too as there are only 22 sponsors in the draw so far!  Thank you to everyone who has supported us to date.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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