Looking forward to our launch

10th April 2017

We can’t wait to share our 2017 Festival programme with you at tomorrow’s Derby Reads  event in QUAD.  We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the programmes, bookmarks and banners and to finally launch this year’s Festival.  We will also be announcing the winners of this year’s Flash Fiction Writing Competition.

If you can’t join us at Derby Reads (if you’re quick you can still grab a ticket), do check the website tomorrow evening for full details of this year’s Festival programme.  All Festival events will be on sale from 6pm tomorrow online and the Festival Box Office opens at QUAD for all the events they are hosting and events at a few other venues that don’t have their own box office.

Would you like to work in publishing?
Penguin Random House are organising a pop up event on 13 April from 10.30am-3.30pm at The Roundhouse, Derby College, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE to encourage people to apply for ‘The Scheme’, which is their initiative aimed at introducing publishing to people who wouldn’t necessarily consider it as a career path.

There will be a series of interactive workshops throughout the day led by Penguin Random House publicists.  You need to register for the workshop as places will be limited:

After two successful years, this year The Scheme is aimed at finding the book publicists of tomorrow and they’d love to meet as many people as possible in Derby who might be interested.

The Scheme is a 13 month programme working at Penguin Random House in London, salary £23k.

They base their recruitment for The Scheme on potential rather than experience, so don’t ask to see a CV and they don’t need to know what level of education someone has had.

There are 3 rounds to the application process with the first being completely anonymous and only requiring you to answer three questions.

Then there is a video interview round, then a two day selection in London.

You can find loads of information about it at:

Applications close on 18th April and successful applicants will start in September.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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