Tickets on sale for two more events
Two more Festival events go on sale on 15 March and can be bought online from the Festival website or from the Festival Box Office at QUAD. The two events are:
- The Celebration in the Cathedral event, sponsored by Flint Bishop, which will be held in Derby Cathedral on Friday 10 June. It will include James Naughtie, one of Britain’s most respected broadcasters and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England plus The Bookshop Band. Tickets for the event cost £12.
- Simon Bradley, whose book The Railways: Nation, Network and People was voted History Book of the Year 2015 by The Sunday Times and is aimed at the general reader as well as rail enthusiasts. This event will be held in The Roundhouse on Tuesday 7 June. Tickets cost £12.
Derby Reads – tickets available on 15 March
Only a few days to go until we release tickets for our FREE Derby Reads event to be held on 5 April, sponsored by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). Derby Reads will celebrate the launch of the Festival programme and the announcement of all the exciting events we have planned. We will also reveal the winners of our 50 word Flash Fiction Writing competition and of the Illustration competition for University of Derby students. Based on the traditional Victorian Penny Readings popularised by Charles Dickens, the evening offers a preview of the events and activities taking place during the week with readings of extracts from books which will be featured. Tickets for Derby Reads are available online or from the Festival Box Office at QUAD from 15 March.
Schools’ programme announced
We are really excited about this year’s programme for both primary and secondary schools, which we announced last Thursday on World Book Day. Last year’s primary event with author Michael Morpurgo is a hard act to follow: we had 60 of the city’s 62 schools taking part, with over 500 children and adults meeting him in Derby Theatre. This year we will have two authors for different year groups in all schools: Lauren Child, writer and illustrator of the Charlie and Lola and the Clarice Bean book series will meet children in Derby Theatre and Andy Mulligan, who won the 2011 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for Return to Ribblestrop and was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2012 for Trash, will hold two events in QUAD. Andy will also meet teachers, teaching assistants and trainee teachers, at a special event hosted by the University of Derby, to talk to them about his books and writing.
Secondary schools won’t miss out and can book Festival author visits on Thursday 9 June from Cathy Cassidy, Sufiya Ahmed, Emma Pass, Martin Griffin, Dan Smith, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sophia Bennett and M G Leonard, all of whom write for the teenage and young adult audience.
More authors revealed
Eagle eyed supporters may have spotted our latest flier which includes all the events announced to date, plus two more authors: Derby born Sunjeev Sahota, who will appear at an event sponsored by Freeths and was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2015 for his second novel The Year of the Runaways, and writer and poet Louis de Bernières, best known for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, whose latest novel The Dust that Falls from Dreams was published to great critical acclaim last year. He has also just published a book of poetry Of Love and Desire. Louis will be joined on stage with a performance by The Bookshop Band, who write songs inspired by books, including Louis’.