First Festival Events on Sale

9th February 2017

Our first three events are now on sale at Derby LIVE!   You can now get tickets for architectural historian Dan Cruickshank, comic and author Shappi Khorsandi and poet Helen Mort with author Dan Richards.  They will all be appearing at Festival events in The Guildhall.

We hope to have news about tickets going on sale for our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks next week.

Dan Cruickshank
Dan will be joining us on Sunday 11 June to talk about his book, The History of Architecture in 100 Buildings.  Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, Dan Cruickshank explores the most inspirational and characterful world buildings.

You can buy tickets online from Derby LIVE.

Shappi Knorsandi
Shappi will be appearing on Saturday 17 June.  She is not only a comic and panel show regular, but also the best-selling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English and her debut novel Nina is not OK was published in July 2016.  She will be celebrating 40 years of living in Britain in her show Oh My Country!

Helen Mort and Dan Richards
Because They’re There – Is this the answer to the eternal question: why do people climb mountains?  Helen and Dan attempt to answer it by exploring the exploits of largely forgotten, pioneering female mountaineers.  Helen makes a return visit to the Festival, this time with author Dan Richards.  Helen’s latest poetry collection takes its inspiration from her love of climbing, mountains and the Peak District whilst Dan’s novel Climbing Days takes him on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century.  Together they discuss the lure of mountains and climbing.  Their event will be held on Tuesday 13 June.

Want to meet award-winning novelist Jon McGregor and take part in his live literature experiment?
Nottingham City of Literature are looking for audience members who would be interested in getting an early preview of Jon’s latest book, Reservoir 13, and the performance in Nottingham or Derby in March.  For more details and details of how to get involved, visit

Flash Fiction – final call for entries
We’ve had an amazing response to our Flash Fiction writing competition with over 400 entries already.  Don’t forget to submit your 50 word story on the theme of ‘Journeys’ by midnight on 10 February.

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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