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Festival tickets now on sale for events at Déda

13th March 2018

We are particularly excited about this year’s events at Déda as we are doing something a bit different.  On Sunday 3 June we are taking over their building for the whole day.

Join us for a Sunday of lively debate, author talks and arts events, kicking off with the Sunday Papers and culminating with the annual Festival Book Quiz in CUBE café.

We’ve teamed up with Unbound, the ground-breaking, crowd-funding publisher, to introduce their innovative approach to publishing – and also some of their finest authors.  Be prepared to take a chance on this one – it will open your eyes and mind! There’ll be a broad range of interesting discussions on issues from disability to the environment.

Come join us for the day at Déda with our special Sunday Takeover Ticket Offer. Book two tickets and get 5% discount, book three tickets and get 10% discount, or book four or more tickets to get 15% off any of our Sunday Takeover events at Déda!  Please note that the Festival Book Quiz is not included in this discount offer.

In addition to these events in Déda on Sunday 3 June, we are also programming events at QUAD in the afternoon and evening.  These will go on sale in April.

Please use the hyperlinks in the title to find more information about the event and to book tickets:

Friday 1 June
Debut Author: Jo Jakeman
6 – 7pm
Déda Theatre
£6

We’re delighted that Derby’s own Jo Jakeman (pictured above) will join us to talk about her deliciously dark debut, Sticks and Stones.

A Derby Book Festival volunteer, Jo was inspired by one of our authors Joanna Cannon: winning the same  prestigious Friday Night Live Award and a publishing deal.

Sticks and Stones is a dark and twisting psychological thriller. Imogen’s manipulative ex has given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son.  In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable … something that puts her in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband?

Sunday 3 June
Sunday Takeover at Déda

To see full details of these events, follow the hyperlinks:

Sunday Papers: with Ian Woods & Katy Guest
Dance4 Sunday Supplement
Ian Woods: On Death Row
Penny Pepper: First in The World Somewhere
Lev Parikian – Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear
Masterclass: How to crowdfund your book and script surgery with commissioning editor
Mary Horlock: Joseph Gray’s Camouflage
Tom Cox: 21st century Yokel
Christine Burns: Trans Britain

Sunday 3 June
Festival Book Quiz
6 – 8pm
CUBE Café , Déda
£36 for a team of 6
(includes finger food platters of veggie and meat dishes)

The Festival Book Quiz returns … but in a new venue and at a new time!  This year we will be in the inspiring, creative space at the CUBE Café in Déda.  Hopefully the questions will keep you on your toes.

Quiz Maestros, Andy and Stuart also return with more mind boggling questions – and of course the coveted Winner’s Trophy will be presented!

Please enter as a team of 6.  Team fee includes refreshments and the bar will be open!

Thursday 7 June
Silk Road presented by Agudo Dance Company
7.30 – 9pm
Déda Theatre
£12/£10

Silk Road is a universal and personal story of East meets West in the 21st century. In collaboration with the renowned classical Indian dancer Mavin Khoo, Agudo weaves his Flamenco roots with a unique, contemporary style.

Performed with an evocative live score, Silk Road is a fascinating and vibrant exploration of the rituals along nomadic routes. The journey conjures images of the pilgrims, monks, traders and urban dwellers that made their way from China to the Iberian Peninsula. It is a celebration of diverse cultures and dances, as strong and as delicate as silk itself.

Friday 8 June
Laura Wall: Happy Birthday Goose
11.30am – 12.30pm
Déda Theatre
£7 for children and adults (includes signed book and goody bag)
For under 6s
Sponsored by Burnthebook
Join award-winning, worldwide published author and artist Laura Wall to celebrate popular pre-school book character Goose’s 5th birthday.

The Goose & Friends series of books are enjoyed by families in over 40 different countries.  He is a loveable, likeable bird. He is highly curious, slightly clumsy and very silly, but with a VERY big heart.

Families will be met by the Goose character and then enjoy an interactive book reading by Laura of Happy Birthday Goose.  Party games, Goose cupcakes (gluten free) – and even a party bag with a signed book for every young book-loving guest to top off this fantastic event.

Saturday 9 June
Mischief and Mystery in Moominvalley
presented by Lost and Found
11am, 1pm & 3pm

Déda Theatre
£7 for children and adults

For 4 – 8s
Discover the world of the Moomins where anything is possible.  Based on the much-loved novels by Tove Jansson, this heart-warming show tells the story of a year in Moominvalley. Moomintroll wakes up in the middle of winter with a ‘something-wrong feeling’.

Magical puppetry, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences and encourage them to be part of a unique storytelling experience. Expect snow, surprises and plenty of Moomin mischief!

Volunteering at this year’s Festival        
Thank you to everyone who has applied to join our team of 2018 volunteers.  We will be in touch with you very soon – but for now, no news is not bad news!  A few people have contacted us to check whether they have been successful.  We do hope to be able to offer everyone who has applied an opportunity to be part of the Festival, but we have been overwhelmed by the interest!

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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