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Festival immortalized in oil painting!

9th May 2018

Derby Book Festival Shelfie
This year we are delighted to be working with artist Roo Waterhouse who has created the stunning ‘Shelf-Portrait’ depicting some of the books that we have featured in our four Festivals to date. Roo’s links with the Festival date back to 2015, when she painted our Little Library, which you may have seen displayed in QUAD during the Festival.

Keep an eye out for Roo’s original oil painting on display at various venues during the Festival.  You will be able to buy limited edition prints and cards at Festival events.  We feel it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the joy of books and reading and bring back happy memories of the events you’ve enjoyed at the Festival.

Ticket Sales update
We’re now half way through the booking period and tickets are selling steadily.  In the past few days the following event has sold out:

  • Professor Robert Winston on Tuesday 5 June in the Guildhall

There are very few tickets remaining for:

  • James Hamilton on Gainsborough on Saturday 2 June at Derby Museum & Art Gallery
  • The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn with Margaret Willes on Wednesday 6 June at Derby Museum & Art Gallery
  • Germaine Greer on Friday 8 June at the Guildhall Theatre.

We have asked our various box offices to keep waiting lists, so it is worth asking to be added to that as people do cancel bookings each year.

Derby Book Festival Shelfie
This year we are delighted to be working with artist Roo Waterhouse who has created the stunning ‘Shelf-Portrait’ depicting some of the books that we have featured in our four Festivals to date. Roo’s links with the Festival date back to 2015, when she painted our Little Library, which you may have seen displayed in QUAD during the Festival.

Keep an eye out for Roo’s original oil painting on display at various venues during the Festival.  You will be able to buy limited edition prints and cards at Festival events.  We feel it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the joy of books and reading and bring back happy memories of the events you’ve enjoyed at the Festival.

Volunteers ready for action!
Our army of 80 strong volunteers are now ‘booted’ and ready for action at this year’s Festival.  We’ve held two briefing sessions over the past two weeks to let them know about this year’s Festival, our policies and what to expect!  We have a great mix of experienced and new volunteers and were overwhelmed by the number of applications we received this year and had to set up a waiting list as enthusiasm has been so great to be part of the Festival.  Sharon Price, our new Volunteer Co-ordinator has done a wonderful job in creating the volunteers’ rota and we have now notified all the volunteers about their allocated events.

Focus on science
If you have missed out on Robert Winston’s event, we have more events with a science theme whch you may be interested in:

  • In 2016, Alzheimer’s overtook heart disease as the number one cause of death in England and Wales.  Join Neuroscientist  Joseph  Jebelli on Monday 4 June to hear him talk about his personal and professional experiences in dealing with Alzheimer’s.  Joseph’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he saw at first hand the way it affected both him and the whole family.  He wrote In Pursuit of Memory to explain what happened to his grandfather and also how the medical profession is fighting against Alzheimer’s and iis his fascinating insight into the condition.

    Joseph Jebelli zooms inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer’s works and out again to show, entwined with the history and science, a thrilling hunt for answers.  His compelling and accessible insider’s account shows vividly why he feels so hopeful about a cure but also why our best defence in the meantime is to understand the disease.

  • We have wanted to include an event focussing on Derby’s long association with the history of science and the Enlightenment since our first Festival.   Working in partnership with Derby Museums and Lunar21, we are delighted to finally include one this year and will welcome author and historian of science, Patricia Fara to the Festival on Wednesday 6 June to discuss Science, Art, & Gender:  challenging the barriers!

    The original Lunar Society brought together sparky individuals who used their enquiring minds and knowledge across different disciplines, to challenge accepted thinking.  Lunar21 aims to be a thinking space for the people of Derby. Described as Derby’s non-political ‘think-tank’, asking questions that have no obvious answers – and that we must ask if we are to shed light on the 21st century, and Derby’s place in it.

    Patricia ‘s areas of particular academic interest include the role of portraiture and art in the history of science, science in the 18th century England during the Enlightenment and the role of women in science.

    Taking themes from her work with an invited panel there will be a discussion around about some of today’s challenging issues, which have a strong resonance for the future of Derby’s economic and educational institutions and for local employment.

  • A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space is a fascinating, inspirational book along the lines of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, which topped the Christmas best seller lists in 2017.  The event is aimed at children aged 8+ but we feel sure it will interest all ages, and will be held in the impressive setting of the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre on Thursday 7 June, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

    Libby Jackson’s career in the space industry began when she applied for work experience at NASA aged 17.  Weeks later she was sitting in Mission Control in Houston, where she returned to work 10 years later.  She is one of Britain’s foremost space experts at the UK Space Agency and recently managed their hugely successful education and outreach programmes that supported Tim Peake’s mission.

    From small steps to giant leaps, A Galaxy of Her Own tells fifty stories of amazing, inspirational female role models, many of them unsung heroes, heroes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space.

    From Ada Lovelace in the nineteenth century to the women behind the Apollo missions, from the astronauts breaking records on the International Space Station to those blazing the way in the race to get to Mars.

  • The actor Stephen McGann isn’t someone you might expect to be included here as a science author, despite playing Dr Turner in the popular Sunday night BBC series, Call the Midwife.  However, such is his fascination with science he has studied for an MSc degree in Science Communication from Imperial College, London.  His book, Flesh and Blood, tells the story of the McGann family through seven sicknesses – diseases, wounds or ailments that have afflicted his relatives over the last 150 years and he shows how our past shapes us.  Join Stephen at this special event on Saturday 2 June in QUAD, sponsored by Pennine Healthcare.

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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