Changes to programme line up & other news

1st May 2015

Changes to programme line up – Part 1

We knew things would change once we had gone to print … and sure enough they have! We are delighted to announce that comedian, actor and presenter Rufus Hound will be joining us at the Double the Horror event on Friday 5 June, replacing Robin Ince who unfortunately has had to pull out. Rufus is a contributor to Dead Funny, an anthology of horror stories written by comedians.

Changes to programme line up – Part 2

There are two exciting additions to the line up for the Hello Hubmarine event on Saturday 6 June with poets Mark Gwynne Jones (five times fringe award-winner) and Bangalore-based poet and translator Mamta Sagar who will present Melding Voices: England’s Peak District meets India’s Karnataka region, an Arts Council England tour produced by renaissance one. This event will now start at 7pm (not 7.30pm) and is a Pay What You Decide event.

Changes to programme line up – Part 3

Sadly Steven Dunne won’t be able to join us at Waterstones for a Book Signing on Friday 5 June.

Thank you to Sadler Bridge Studios and Connect Derby

For many months our ‘office’ was Jenny’s dining room and Sian’s kitchen, but thanks to the generous support of Derby City Council for the past two months we have been based in Sadler Bridge Studios, managed by Connect Derby. Being located in the centre of Derby with wonderful staff, facilities and storage space has made life so much easier and enabled us meet our partners in a professional and friendly environment. Thanks in particular to Abi and Sally whose ever friendly presence keeps us sane.

Festival Programme launch

We had an entertaining evening at QUAD last Thursday to launch the Festival programme and were delighted that the media came along – here’s a link to the Derby Telegraph coverage. Everyone who attended left with a goodie bag of programmes and bookmarks to distribute around the city.

Festival programme and bookmarks

Over the past week we have been out and about distributing programmes around the county and beyond so you should be able to pick up a copy in Belper, Wirksworth, Ashbourne, Duffield, Cromford and Buxton, to name just a few destinations. The city and county library services have generously offered to distribute them and our volunteers are doing a wonderful job in spreading them around the city and county. You can also pick one up from tourist centres, in arts venues and Art Boxes. If you can’t get hold of a printed copy, the full details are on the Festival website. Our bookmarks, which have the five winning Flash Fiction stories printed on them, are proving to be very popular … we may have to reprint before the Festival.

Interested in learning more about world literature?

The WEA in Derby have alerted us to a 7 week course they are running An Introduction to wold literature which starts on 6 May. For more information email

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