First Festival Events on Sale at the Guildhall

16th February 2018

Tickets for four Festival events to be held at the Guildhall Theatre through Derby LIVE are on sale from 9am today (16 February).

You can book tickets through our website:

or in person/by telephone at the Derby LIVE box office: 01332 255800.  All the prices quoted are for online bookings: an additional £1.25 is charged to book in person or over the telephone.

Each event will have a Q&A session, except for Robert Winston’s, and a book signing at the end of each of these events, except for Germaine Greer’s. 

Saturday 2 June
Andy Kershaw
7.30 – 9.15pm (inc. interval)
Guildhall Theatre


Tuesday 5 June
Robert Winston: Improve Your Learning
7 – 8.15pm
Guildhall Theatre


Thursday 7 June
Mark Beaumont
7.30 – 9pm
Guildhall Theatre


Friday 8 June
Germaine GreerWomen for life on earth

7.30 – 9pm
Guildhall Theatre

Please note that the end times are approximate as questions may overrun!

Further Tickets on sale soon
We will soon be releasing tickets for events at Derby Theatre and will send you a link to these in the next couple of weeks.

Before our full programme is published on 12 April, we will also have tickets available for events at Déda and at the Museum & Art Gallery.  We’ll include details of these in future e-shots and on social media.

Volunteering closing
We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who are keen to be Festival volunteers at this year’s Festival.  We are therefore closing applications on Monday 19 February at 10pm.  If you want to be part of the Festival team this year and haven’t yet completed your form, please do so by this date.

Flash Fiction Writing Competition
We were delighted with the entries we received for this year’s ‘If Only’ Flash Fiction Writing Competition and had a total of 569 entries across the four categories.  We will announce the winning entries at our Derby Reads event in QUAD on Thursday 12 April, when we also launch the Festival programme.    You will be able to pick up a copy of this year’s brochure, as well as a set of the Festival bookmarks containing the winning stories, from 12 April.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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