We are now putting the finishing touches to this year’s Festival and making the final arrangements with publishers and authors.  We have briefed our army of volunteers and they are ready to welcome you to this year’s Festival.

We are very sorry that we have had so many cancellations by authors this year.  It really is unprecedented.   We’ve had one or two who have had to pull out in previous years, but this year we seem to have had a flood!   We hope it isn’t a sign of things to come and it’s just a blip.

There are still tickets left for many of this year’s events, though some are likely to sell out in the next few days, so don’t delay if you are still planning to buy tickets!

Flash Fiction judging
Our Flash Fiction Writing Competition received nearly 350 entries this year across the four categories.  The four stories, on the theme of ‘Our World’, have been beautifully illustrated by Evelyn Hunter, who has also illustrated one of this year’s Community Programme books.  The stories and illustrations will be printed on a set of Festival bookmarks, designed by Burnthebook.  They are now at the printers and you will be able to pick up your copies at events throughout the Festival.

Derby Book Festival merchandise
At most of our events, in addition to book sales, we will have a merchandise stall run by our Festival volunteers.  You will be able to buy Festival tote bags and greetings cards, illustrated with Roo Waterhouse’s’Shelf-Portrait’ that was commissioned for our 2018 Festival.   We will also have three books written by young people in the city as part of our Shared Writing community projects.  The books include stories, poems and photographs taken by the students.  Do take a look at all of these when you are at our events.

Festival Book Quiz
There’s still time to enter a team in this year’s Festival Book Quiz, which will be held in Déda CUBE Café on Sunday 2 June at 6.30pm.  We welcome teams of six and the cost is £36 per team, which includes  CUBE’s delicious platters of veggie and meat dishes.  The bar will be open and we can guarantee a fun evening.

Elena Ferrante film
To coincide with Derby Book Festival, our partners QUAD will be screening Ferrante Fever, a new documentary about Elena Ferrante, the hugely successful, yet reclusive, author of the ‘Neapolitan Novels’ series.

With over 10 million copies of her ‘Neapolitan Novels’ sold in over 50 countries, Elena Ferrante is a global literary sensation. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. A journey between New York City’s cultural hub and Ferrante’s native Italy, the film explores how an anonymous author’s visceral tales of love and friendship gained such an enthusiastic following. Hillary Clinton, Roberto Saviano, Jonathan Franzen and others weigh-in on the Ferrante “craze” and what makes her work – and her mysterious persona – so uniquely captivating.

Screenings run from Sunday 2 June – Wednesday 5 June at QUAD. Tickets are £9.50 (standard) or £7 (concessions).  Check screening times and book your tickets at: http://bit.ly/QUADFerrante

Derby Book Festival

29 May – 6 June 2020

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