We are delighted to announce the appointment of Vicky Dawson as our new Festival Director.  She will join the team from 1 September on a part-time basis, continuing in her current role at Buxton International Festival where she is Book Festival Director.

Vicky has spent three decades in the book trade and was latterly a partner in two independent bookshops in Scotland.   She was a founder member of Eastbourne’s Champion Women Festival, a Trustee of the Aboyne & Deeside Festival and has organised literary events for bookshops and festivals across the UK.

We feel sure her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion will bring another dimension to the Festival.  She says of her new role: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Derby Book Festival. To be sharing my passion for books and contributing to two diverse festivals across Derbyshire is an enormous privilege.”

Autumn Edition Tickets
Enthusiasm has got the better of us and we have extended the Festival by a day!  There will now be an event on the evening of Friday 25 October in addition to events on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October.

Our designers, Burnthebook, are busy working on the design for the programme for our first Autumn Edition.

Tickets go on sale for all ten events on Monday 9 September at 10am.  We will send you an email with the booking links.

You may have already heard our announcements on social media about a few of the authors who will be joining us.  These include:

  • Raynor Winn, whose best-selling memoir, The Salt Path, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize.
  • BBC Editorial Director, Kamal Ahmed, who was scheduled to join us in June but had to pull out.
  • Former Leader of the Lib Dems, Sir Vince Cable MP
  • Novelist and Psychiatrist, Joanna Cannon whose memoir of being a junior doctor is published in September
  • Thriller writing partnership, Nicci French with their eagerly awaited novel, The Lying Room

Special Event with Peggy Seeger
Saturday 28 September, 7pm, Town Hall, Wirksworth
Peggy Seeger is the undisputed queen of folk song.   The legendary singer and activist will be In conversation with Dr Jill Rapoport to discuss her award winning memoir ‘First Time Ever’ and her remarkable life at the forefront of British Folk Music role and as partner and muse to Ewan MacColl.  Peggy will be performing with Robb Johnson and signing copies of her book and CDs after the event.   Tickets £12 from Eventbrite and Derby LIVE.

Derby Book Festival

29 May – 6 June 2020

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