One of the most popular events at last year’s Festival was Louis de Bernières and The Bookshop Band. The combination of music and words created a magical event, which people still mention to us as one of their favourites.
This year we had hoped The Bookshop Band would be returning to the Festival, but for one very good reason they couldn’t: Ben and Beth’s first child was due in May and we were delighted to hear last week of the safe arrival of Molly Rae Please on 20 May: https://twitter.com/TheBookshopBand! We look forward to welcoming all three of them back to a future Festival.
If music and words appeal to you, we have three very different – and special – events in this year’s programme:
Dave McKean – Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash Saturday 17 June, QUAD, 8pm
This is a huge coup for Derby Book Festival. Dave McKean (whose illustrations head this e-shot) was commissioned to create a graphic novel, Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and it has toured internationally to much acclaim.
Dave is a big name in the comic and graphic novel world and has worked as the illustrator of books by David Almond and Neil Gaiman, including The Sandman, a DC character who went on to outsell Batman and Superman and reinvigorated the comics industry. He is also a film maker and musician and has worked with Heston Blumenthal, Richard Dawkins, Stephen King and John Cale.
At this year’s festival he will be performing with fellow musicians to present a multi-media performance Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash, which will be sponsored by Geldards Law Firm. He has just brought out a CD of Black Dog. Unmissable!
Jon McGregor – Sunday 11 June, QUAD, 8pm
Jon joined us at our first Festival and took part in two events: the recording of BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub, when he was interviewed by James Naughtie about his Booker long-listed novel If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, which was discussed with an invited audience, and he took part in a music and words event in the Silk Mill. Performing on the same bill was musician, Richard Birkin. As an example of some of the great things that happen at Derby Book Festival, the two artists met and have been collaborating on projects ever since.
At this year’s Festival you can witness this creative collision when Richard performs with Jon to present his beautiful new novel Reservoir 13, with Cromford-based Haiku Salut also providing live musical accompaniment to Jon’s words. If you imagine the way that a stunning soundtrack transforms one of your favourite TV programmes, this may give you an idea of how the book will be brought to life at the event. It will be a truly memorable evening and was first performed at the launch of Jon’s novel at the Nottingham Contemporary last month.
Min Kym – Friday 9 June, Déda, 5.30pm
Min Kim’s story is very different. An international violinist, her rare 1696 Stradivarius was stolen from her whilst she was in a London café. Unable to perform on any other violin, she struggled for several years. Her biography, Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung, recounts her story and her way back to playing. She will combine readings with playing, accompanied by pianist Ian Brown, to illustrate the key stages of her journey. The event, sponsored by Repton School, will be very different from anything else in this year’s programme.
Wanted! Children’s books
We really need children’s books for the Book Swap stall at our Bringing Books to Life event in the Market Place on Saturday 10 June. If you are able to encourage your children to part with any books they no longer read, that are still in good condition, please drop them into reception in Sadler Bridge Studios, which is located at the bottom of Sadlergate (Bold Lane end). There is a plastic crate in the reception area to pop them into.
Extended deadline for Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea events
There’s still time to book your place at the Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea events at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel and the deadlines have been extended.
The new deadlines are:
- Friday 16 June, Prosecco Afternoon Tea with Katie Fforde – now Friday 9 June
- Monday 12 June, Buttons and Biscuits, Morning coffee with Lynn Knight – now Wednesday 7 June
- Thursday 15 June, Morning coffee with Wendy Holden – now Wednesday 14 June