We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Festival team member.  Gini Smith has now joined us as our Volunteer Co-ordinator and Logistics Manager.  Gini has a background in events management and fundraising with Macmillan and we feel sure her experience will prove invaluable!

Volunteer recruitment 2019
Gini’s first task will be to organise the recruitment of our 2019 Festival Volunteers.  She will be meeting our Lead Volunteers in the next few weeks to start planning our rota for the fifth Festival.  We will make sure our subscribers are the first to hear when the recruitment starts.

Arts Council England funding
We are delighted that we have secured our Arts Council England funding for a fifth year.  We pride ourselves on delivering a high quality Festival that Derby can be proud of and could not organise it without the financial support of the University of Derby, the Arts Council and our sponsors.  This funding is further supplemented by the generous support in kind of our Festival partners, whose venues, staff skills and knowledge are so vital to us.  And finally, we need to ensure we sell as many tickets as possible to the 90+ events we have planned across nine days.

Festival Friends
Thank you to everyone who has applied to become a Festival Friend in 2019.  Festival Friends enjoy a range of benefits, including priority booking for Festival events, invitations to two Festival Friends’ Events during the year, ticket offers and a free draw for signed copies of Festival authors’ books.  It’s not too late to join: membership runs from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.  You can find out more, and apply, on our website.

The Jews of Salonica: A Wonderful Discovery
Our partners at QUAD have shared with us a film ‘MOLHO – a bookstore in six chapters’ which has recently been discovered, which we feel sure will be of interest to you.  Isaac Pizzer is one of QUAD’s Holocaust Memorial Day members and is related to the family featured in the film.  Here is the information from Isaac about the discovery of the film:

“This evening I have made a discovery which is so very deeply meaningful for my family and I … and I would like to share it with you:  A wonderful, informative and profoundly moving film about the Jewish community of Salonika, and the Molho bookstore.

As you would expect, the film is at times deeply upsetting, but it is also uplifting. The latter is because of several reasons, such as the miraculous survival of Renee and Solomon Molho, their reclaiming and re-opening of the bookstore in 1945 and its cultural and artistic significance in the following decades.

Molho is one the names within my extended family, and I was very fortunate to meet Renee Molho at the bookstore in 2001 and see her pleasure at my telling her of my relatives who also carry the name of Molho (whilst I don’t know whether there was a direct connection, I saw her as having a strong physical resemblance to them).”

Joanna Cannon audio recording
We’ve now uploaded the audio recording of one of our favourite Festival authors: Joanna Cannon whose second novel was the Women’s Prize longlisted novel, Three Things about Elsie.  Joanna has had great success with both this and her first novel, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.  We’re looking forward to inviting her back to talk about her third book in 2020.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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