Derby Book Festival is back!

24th November 2015

Derby Book Festival – 3 – 11 June 2016
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us … but we are now well and truly into the planning for our second Festival.  Do make sure you have the Festival dates in your 2016 diary.  Our second nine day Festival opens on Friday 3 June and ends on Saturday 11 June, which football fans will know is the start of the European Football Championships.  We didn’t want to disappoint anyone by having a clash.

Not one, but two Poet Laureates to open Festival     
We are delighted that our Opening Event will feature Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate who will perform her poetry in Derby Cathedral, accompanied by her ‘favourite court musician’ John Sampson.  Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, including The World’s Wife, The Bees and other works.  Her writing explores both everyday experience and our inner worlds in deceptively simple, profoundly resonant poems. Alongside the words, John Sampson will take us on a virtuoso tour through musical highlights of the past 500 years, played on a fascinating collection of period and modern instruments.

Tickets will be available at £12 each from 1 January 2016.  You can book online through our website and also from the Festival Box Office at QUAD.  Seats will be unallocated, so we will encourage ticket holders to arrive early to secure the best seats.  Due to the historic design of the magnificent Cathedral, some seats have obscured views because of the pillars.  We will try to ensure these seats aren’t used to enable everyone to have the same positive experience of the event.

The same evening, Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Helen Mort will appear at a special event in Déda giving us the chance to hear her poetry, which features the landscapes of Sheffield, Oldham and the Peak District.  She writes about the houses, chip shops and the streets of her childhood in Chesterfield.  Helen has been described by Carol Ann Duffy as “among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of British poets” – praise indeed.  What a great start to Derby Book Festival 2016.

Tracy Chevalier and Claire Harman celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte
2016 marks the bicentenary of the birth of one of our greatest female novelists, Charlotte Bronte.  We will bring together best selling author Tracy Chevalier,  author of Girl With A Pearl Earring, and the celebrated literary biographer Claire Harman, whose biography of Charlotte was published in September 2015.

Tracy has edited and contributed to a collection of short stories based on the opening line of Jane Eyre: “Reader, I married him”.  These are written by 20 of today’s most celebrated female authors including Helen Dunmore, Esther Freud, Salley Vickers, Susan Hill and Lionel Shriver, Tracy and Claire will join us on Saturday 4 June at QUAD.  It should be a fascinating event.

Derbyshire born debut author, Joanna Cannon
We are keen to start a tradition of including a debut author at Derby Book Festival.  Following the success of last year’s event with Emma Hooper, whose novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James has gone on to achieve wide recognition and critical acclaim, we are very excited that, in 2016, we will have a debut author born and living in Derbyshire.  Joanna Cannon’s first novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is published on 28x January by Harper Collins.  Joanna will be joining us for an event in Cube Café, Déda on Tuesday 7 June.

We will announce further events in the coming months and will let you know about any early booking dates for some events.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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