Are you looking forward to our 2020 Festivals?

Plans are well underway for our 2020 Festivals.  We are currently finalising events at Derby Theatre and at Déda as their spring brochures are produced before ours.  We only have a few spaces left to fill now in the programme so it’s nearly ready to go to the designers.

Autumn Edition 2020
We can now announce the dates for our Autumn Edition 2020.  It will be held from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November.   This is a week later than our 2019 Autumn Edition and avoids half term, Repton Literary Festival, Buxton International Festival’s Weekend  – and the Dr Who convention in QUAD.

Festival Volunteers
We usually start our volunteer recruitment at the start of the year.  This year we have contacted all our volunteers from last year to check if want to continue and feel we have enough for 2020.  We won’t therefore be recruiting more volunteers this year.

If you have been a volunteer prior to 2019 but weren’t a volunteer last year and would like to be a volunteer again in 2020, please contact Gini at before the end of February and she will try to include you and send you details of the briefing sessions.

Derby Children’s Picture Book Award
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from local businesswoman Deborah Fern we are organising our Derby Children’s Picture Book Award for the second year.  In November we wrote to all children’s publishers inviting them to submit books, published in 2019, which reflect the diversity and issues of modern Britain.   We received 18 books by the closing date and nine made it onto the longlist.

Fourteen Derby primary school teachers gave up their Saturday to join us to select four books for this year’s shortlist.   We’ll be announcing the shortlist very soon.

Infant, Junior and Primary schools have been asked to apply to be involved with this year’s Award and we received 21 applications.  A total of six schools will be selected to take part and copies of the four books will now supplied to their Years 2 and 3 classes (6 and 7 year olds) in the next few weeks.  The children will read the books in class (and can take copies home) after half term and will vote for their favourite book on Thursday 2 April.  The winner will be announced on Friday 1 May.

Partner venues and programmes
Each year we need to organise some events earlier than others because our Festival partners’ programmes are produced earlier than ours (which is due out on 8 April).

Derby Theatre, Déda and Derby Museum’s programmes go to print in early February.  Derby Theatre’s events will be on sale from mid-February (we will send you details) but the events at Déda and Derby Museum won’t be on sale until Wednesday 8 April, but you’ll be able to read about them in their brochures and start your planning!

Derby Reads: Wednesday 8 April
Each year we launch our Festival programme at a special Derby Reads event in QUAD eight weeks before the Festival opens.  The event includes a taster of some of the books which will be featured at this year’s Festival and is chaired by Adam Buss, QUAD’s Chief Executive and a Festival Trustee, who will be in conversation with Liz Fothergill, our Festival Chair, about the highlights of the programme.

Our Festival box office at QUAD opens the same evening, though we will have sent you priority booking details the week before.

This year’s Derby Reads will be held in QUAD on Wednesday 8 April: 6pm for 6.30pm start (we will be serving a free drink on arrival).  The event finishes at 8pm.  It is a FREE event, but ticketed.   Bookings will open in February and we will send you details in a separate e-shot.

Derby Book Festival

29 May – 6 June 2020

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