June 2017 will be a busy month. Not only can you enjoy Derby Book Festival from 9 – 17 June, there will also be two more events taking place in Derby and Chatsworth over the same period. An anticipated 100,000 visitors will arrive in the county to see the touring Tower of London Poppies exhibition at the Silk Mill and the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth and we hope to entice a fair few of these to visit Derby Book Festival as well.
We are currently planning activities to complement these two events and hope to include World War 1 poetry, letters and writing and to invite a gardening author to join us. There’ll be lots more Poppy related events and activities for children and families too.
Tower of London Poppies come home!
Many thousands of handmade poppies were made on Pride Park in Derby by artist Paul Cummins and his team for the Tower of London installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. The Poppies are now on tour around the country and it’s entirely appropriate that they come home to Derby! They will arrive at the Silk Mill on Thursday 8 June for 7 weeks. The exhibition, entitled Poppies: Weeping Window, will see a cascade of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies pouring down the face of the Silk Mill spilling onto the ground below. The display was originally seen at the Tower of London in 2014. Paul, who graduated from the University of Derby in 2010, has had a number of commissions of his work on display around the country including at Chatsworth and at Derby Royal Hospital.
RHS Flower Show to welcome 90,000 to Chatsworth
The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) will be holding their first Flower Show at Chatsworth from 7 – 11 June and expect 90,000 visitors over the five days. They’ve already sold 21,500 tickets! Visit Derby is anticipating that many of the visitors will be staying in Derby and will be keen to extend their stay to visit both the Poppies exhibition and our Festival. We are currently working with the RHS to identify gardening authors who could visit both events.
BBC Love to Read campaign
This autumn the BBC has a schedule packed with book related programmes on TV and radio. Their Love to Read campaign celebrates the pleasures of reading with programmes featuring Sue Townsend, Michael Palin, Marlon James, Willy Russell, Julie Walters, Chris Packham, Suggs, Cerys Matthews, Andrew Marr and many more. The #LovetoRead weekend takes place on 5 and 6 November encouraging everyone to put aside some time and curl up with a book.
Nottingham Festival of Literature, 8 – 11 November
If you haven’t picked up a copy of Nottingham’s programme yet, you can find them in Déda, QUAD and Central Library. It’s a really interesting programme so do take a look.