Festival Programme launched…

Derby Book Festival programme is finally printed, all 15000 copies, and we are busy distributing them far and wide with the help of our lovely volunteers.  We launched the programme at a special event last night (23 April), which also celebrated William Shakespeare’s 451st Birthday and World Book Night.  The 46 page programme includes over 60 events and activities across eight days and we believe we have something for everyone.  Thanks to our wonderful designers Revolver Revolver for all their hard work in designing such a stunning programme and pulling it together on time and in such a reassuringly calm way!   Pick up a copy of the programme from libraries, arts venues, tourist offices and Art Boxes across the city and county.

… and the Festival Box Office is now open!

You can now see the full Festival programme and book tickets for events online.  Thanks to the hard work of our amazing website designers Codemakers for making this happen to coincide with the programme launch and to QUAD staff for all their help in organising the ticketing – no easy task.  You can also buy tickets for most events (check programme for booking details) in person or by telephone at our Festival Box Office at QUAD – call 01332 290606.

Please note: when booking tickets online from the Festival website, you will be taken to our Festival Box Office at QUAD or to another venue’s website.  You will be able to collect your tickets from the venue that you have bought them from.  If you buy your tickets from QUAD online, but the event is not at QUAD, you can collect your tickets from QUAD any time up to 9pm the day before the event.  Any uncollected tickets will be available on the day of your event at your event venue.

Flash Fiction Writing Competition Winners

Congratulations to Witiko Grevel (Under 16s’ category) and, in the Over 16s’ category, Will Charlton, Tim Child, Stuart Weston, Tracey Wilkinson who won our Fifty Word Flash Fiction Writing Competition.  We had over 200 entries, so they are very worthy winners and our judges were very impressed with the quality of entries.  The winners were announced last night and they were each presented with a copy of their story, illustrated by Revolver Revolver.  You can pick up a series of five special Derby Book Festival bookmarks, which include the stories and illustrations, from venues across the city including cafés, shops, libraries, tourist centres and libraries.

Derby Book Festival – The Film

Now you’ve read the Book (ok – the Festival programme), you can see the Film!  Thanks to Archer Hampson, who have generously produced a wonderful film for us, which was premiered last night in QUAD.  You can watch the 2 minute film below, which features lots of familiar (and not so familiar) sights in the city and is entitled Bringing Books to Life.


Are you following and liking us?

We have reached 1000 followers today on Twitter – and Facebook likes aren’t far behind.  A huge thank you to the great team at Status Social, who are doing such a fantastic job of pushing  information out about the Festival news and events, and finding all those wonderful literary quotes.

Derby Book Festival

29 May – 6 June 2020

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Derby Book Festival is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales Number 1159763