First tickets on sale… soon

23rd December 2015

Carol Ann Duffy tickets on sale from 1 January
Tickets go on sale on 1 January for the Festival’s Opening Event with Carol Ann Duffy on Friday 3 June 2016.  You can buy them online at or in person at QUAD, our Festival Box Office.   So if you are looking for a late Christmas present or the perfect birthday gift, look no further!  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear the nation’s Poet Laureate perform her wonderful poetry with music from her ‘favourite court musician’ John Sampson.    Carol Ann and John performed at an event in Nottingham last week and it was sold out many weeks ago!

WEA Derby welcomes the Poet Laureate
In preparation for the poetry performances of Carol Ann Duffy and Helen Mort at the Derby Book Festival, WEA tutors, Carol Anthony and John Rivers, will introduce their unique poems. Whether you sign up for 3 sessions or all 6 you will meet both tutors, as well as potentially getting to know 2 groups of poetry enthusiasts.

Saturday   10.15am – 12.15pm     7, 14, 21 May     Fee: £10
Thursday   7.00pm – 9.00pm        12, 19, 26 May    Fee: £10
You can come for 3 sessions (£10) or 6 sessions (£20).  For more information download the Derby/Derbyshire Spring/Summer 2016 brochure (and find more details on page 15) from:

Calling all Writers’ groups in the city
Are you a member of a Derby based writing group?  If so, please get in touch as we are planning a Writers’ Day as part of the Festival on Saturday 11 June.  This will include writing workshops and also a session to showcase groups in the city giving you an opportunity to tell fellow writers about your work and find out more about what else is happening in Derby.  We will be revealing more information about the Writers’ Day in the coming months.  In the meantime, to register your interest in being involved on the day, tell us a bit about your group by emailing We also value any ideas you may have for the Writers’ Day.

Fifty Word Flash Fiction competition 2016
We are delighted to announce that we will be running another Flash Fiction competition in 2016, following the success of this year’s competition on the theme of Love.  We had over 200 entries and five very different and imaginative winners, whose stories were illustrated and then printed on bookmarks to promote the Festival.   We will announce the theme and launch the competition on 19 January so look out for details on our website, social media and in the local media.  The closing date will be 19 February.

CAMRA Good Beer Guide and Real Ale Tasting Event
Derby Book Festival aims to embrace all that is important to people in and around Derby.  As Derby is ‘the Real Ale capital of the World’ we have teamed up with CAMRA and our local Dancing Duck Brewery to bring an event which celebrates the city’s international status!  Roger Protz, writer, journalist, campaigner and editor of the Good Beer Guide will join us on Saturday 4 June for an event in the newly renovated Ballroom of the Old Bell Hotel where he will talk about CAMRA, how the Good Beer Guide is put together, how so many Derby pubs and breweries are listed in it and why Real Ale matters.  Brewster Rachel Matthews, owner of the Dancing Duck Brewery, which won “Supreme” Bronze for their Dark Drake beer in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain 2015, will provide a tasting of three of her beers.  Unmissable!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a book filled 2016
We now have over 500 subscribers to our newsletter and we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and  hope your stockings will be filled to overflowing with books!  We look forward to bringing you more news about the Festival in the New Year.  Please help us spread the word and encourage your fellow book lovers to sign up for our Festival news by completing the online form and also ‘follow’ or ‘like’ us on social media.

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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