Festival Lunch now sold out!

19th April 2016

Just under two weeks since tickets went on sale, our Festival Lunch with Joan Bakewell is now sold out!  The event, sponsored by PwC, has seen tickets selling furiously.

But don’t despair: if you want to enjoy the stylish setting of the Cathedral Quarter Hotel whilst you listen to our authors, tickets are still available for three other events there: Afternoon Tea with Selina Hastings, Afternoon Tea with Persephone Books and the Duchess of Rutland will talk about Capability Brown’s plans for Belvoir Castle.

Tickets selling fast
A number of other events are also selling particularly fast, so don’t miss out.  Other ‘hot’ tickets are those for our Opening Event with Carol Ann Duffy, sponsored by Geldards Law Firm; Ken Livingstone and Matthew Parris; Tracy Chevalier’s two events, as well as the Celebration in the Cathedral event with James Naughtie and Sir Peter Bazalgette, sponsored by Flint Bishop.

Thanks to our Crowdfunders
Thank you to everyone who has supported our Crowdfunding campaign and made their generous pledges to support the Festival.  We are delighted that we have already exceeded 50% of our total target of £1000 in under two weeks.

You can donate anything from £1 to £100.  For donations of £25 or more, you will receive one or more rewards and be entered into a prize draw with a chance of winning some great prizes, as well as supporting a great local charity:

  • Waterstones book tokens worth £100
  • One  night B&B at the beautiful boutique Cathedral Quarter Hotel
  • Iberico world tapas for two (2015 Michelin Guide ‘Bib Gourmand’)
  • One year’s free membership to QUAD, Derby’s wonderful arts centre.

Our campaign will close on 27 May so that we can announce the winners before the Festival opens.  Full details can be found at:

If you are interested in helping out at this year’s Festival, there is still time to apply to be a volunteer.  Derby Book Festival is run almost entirely by enthusiastic volunteers (as you can see in Ryan Crockett’s photo of just a few of them at our Derby Reads launch!).  If you are reliable, friendly, interested in books and available to help out between 3rd and 11th June, we would love to hear from you.

We do our best to involve everyone who applies, but due to programming and individual availability, we may not be able to include everyone in the rota.  Festival volunteers will be involved at events to carry out a number of roles, such as meet and greet the audience, signpost people to where they need to be, support the management of book sales and signings by authors, encourage people to complete evaluations and support merchandise sales.

You can apply online at:

Festival Preview events
We have taken part in two events this year to preview the Festival.  The first, Wirksworth Reads, was held last week at the first Wirksworth Book Festival, and was a sell out (as were all the events at the Festival).  We were delighted that Liz Fothergill performed her first public engagement as High Sheriff by opening Wirksworth Reads, where she read from two of the books to be featured at our Festival.

Thank you to everyone who came to our Ashbourne Taster event on Friday in St John Street Gallery and Café.   Our special guests Joanna Cannon and Andy Cope inspired and entertained us with readings and talks about their books and our Chair Liz Fothergill and Vice Chair Andrew Flack gave lively readings from Tracy Chevalier’s At the Edge of the Orchard and Simon Bradley’s The Railways respectively.

Special thanks to Mark Courtney and his team for creating a great atmosphere in the lovely setting of the gallery and providing guests with delicious canapes and wine.  We were delighted with the responses and comments from guests, many of whom didn’t attend last year’s Festival and are now eager to come to this year’s.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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