Broadcast of Radio 4 Bookclub at Derby Book Festival

3rd July 2015

A recording of BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub, recorded at Derby Book Festival in June, will be broadcast on Sunday 5 July at 4pm.   The programme, which is presented by James Naughtie, features Nottingham based author Jon McGregor discussing his Booker longlisted novel If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things.

The programme was recorded during the first Derby Book Festival on 5 June in Déda.  The monthly programme invites an author to join James Naughtie to discuss their novel with a small audience of 30 people.  The audience, which included students from Derby College, had to apply for tickets and were then asked to provide two questions each to ask at the recording.

Vikki Fitt of Duffield, who was in the audience said: “It was fascinating to take part in the recording at the Festival and to have the rare opportunity to meet the author of a book you have enjoyed and discuss it with him.  I can’t wait to hear the programme.”

Sian Hoyle, one of the Festival organisers added: “It was quite a coup to have BBC Radio 4 at our first Festival and we are extremely grateful to them for their support.  The media support we received both locally and nationally has been amazing and we hope we have generated a lot of interest in both Derby and the Festival, which we can build on for 2016.”

James Naughtie also appeared at the Festival on 6 June to talk about his own first novel The Madness of July and has offered to return to Derby for next year’s Festival to discuss his second novel, which will be published in spring 2016.

Listeners can also catch the programme when it is repeated next Thursday 9 July at 3.30pm or listen again via Radio 4’s home page and on the Bookclub webpage – and as a permanent audio download:

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