Don’t miss out – tickets going fast! (and other news)

20th May 2015

Less than two weeks to go to the first event at the first Derby Book Festival!  Ticket sales are going well for most of the 60 events, with some almost sold out!  These include the Afternoon Tea with Persephone Books and Simon Armitage with only a few tickets left now.  So please book soon to avoid disappointment!

Waterstones Children’s Book Trail

The Waterstones Children’s Book Trail along Sadlergate  begins this Saturday, 23 May to coincide with the start of the schools’ half term and will continue right through the Festival until 7 June.  Over 30 shop windows will display children’s book characters and children will be able to complete a quiz sheet, which participating shops and Waterstones will stock, and return it to Waterstones in St Peter’s Quarter to be entered into a prize draw for book tokens.

Free event announced

We are delighted to now be able to offer a FREE event on Saturday 6 June from 10 – 11am: The Nation’s Reading Group on Air with Dymphna Flynn, BBC Radio 4 Producer of Bookclub and Front Row.  The session will give a wonderful insight into how Dymphna and presenter James Naughtie choose the monthly Bookclub titles and what it’s like to have a leading author in an intimate setting with their readers to discuss one of their best known novels.  This event will be of particular interest to anyone in a reading group or thinking of setting one up – but it’s open to everyone.

Derby Book Festival in The Independent on Sunday

Make sure you buy a copy of The Independent on Sunday on 24 May as it will feature a year in the life of Derby Book Festival, from the germ of an idea to a 60 event, eight day festival.  The double page feature will appear in their Review section.

Window displays in Irongate and The Strand

A number of shops along Irongate and The Strand will have book themed shop window displays to show their support for the Festival.  These include Bennetts, who will have a summer reading theme, Emily Brigdens who will have a style icons theme and CanCan who will feature summer reads to fit in with their beachwear.  It’s not too late to get involved, and Waterstones will supply books for your window, if you can decide on your theme!  Contact if you want to get involved.

Children and family activities – Market Place

On Saturday 6 June there will be a FREE event for children and families in the Market Place.  The special Bringing Books to Life event will be held from 10am to 4pm.  There will be lots of activities in marquees and a Yurt including: Storytelling, the Bookstart Bear and the Library Service’s Summer Reading Challenge, Sonnetsphere with Derby Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Library with 1623 theatre company, a Book Doctor, the Book Bus project, poetry readings with Candlestick Press and a Human Library.

Children and family activities – The Silk Mill

There will be FREE Make It sessions for children and families on Saturday 6 June from 1 – 5pm and on Sunday 7 June from 11am – 3pm.  From illuminated letters, illustrations, tradition letterpress, bookbinding to laser cut book designs and story sacks, the activities will be a celebration of books and making.  Come along and have a go!

Nearly New Book Fair

Ink and Thread at 28 The Strand is organising a Nearly New Book Fair (upstairs) on Saturday 6 June from 10am to 4pm.  All proceeds from the sale of books will go to The Book Trust charity, which is one of Michael Morpurgo’s charities.  Michael will be appearing at the Festival on Sunday 7 June at Derby Theatre.  If you have any books you would like to donate to the sale, please contact Emily at

Festival Box Office and tickets

You can buy tickets online at or (for most events) from our Festival Box Office at QUAD.  However some venues are selling tickets for their events, including Déda and Derby LIVE (Guildhall Theatre).  Please note that, if the event you have booked for is not at QUAD, you will need to collect your tickets from QUAD before the event (ideally 24 hours before).

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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