We are delighted that our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks is now sold out.
We were also looking forward to welcoming back BBC News’ Special Correspondent, James Naughtie, to interview Sebastian. However, due to the unexpected announcement of the General Election on Thursday 8 June, James has, very reluctantly, had to pull out of the Festival due to his broadcasting commitments. He has however committed to return to Derby Book Festival in 2018.
However, we are very pleased to announce that Suzi Feay, a literary journalist with a particular interest in fiction and poetry, who writes regularly for The Independent, The Guardian and The Financial Times, and has been recommended to us by the BBC, has agreed to interview Sebastian. We look forward to welcoming her to the Festival.