Please support our Engagement Programme

20th October 2017

We really hope you will be able to help us secure funding for Shared Writing, a Festival engagement project which works with disadvantaged children and young people in schools in Derby and with learners at Derby College, who have English as a second language.

We have submitted a bid to the Aviva Community Fund for the production of two books to be published and launched at next year’s Festival – one of stories written by students at Derby College and the other of poems written by pupils from The Bemrose School.

For the past two years we have worked with children who have English as a second language and with young people learning English at Derby College on their Lexis programme.  Our Engagement Programme is a key part of the Festival and one of which we are very proud.

For 2018 Derby College students will write about their experiences of living in Derby. Their stories will then be illustrated by fellow art students and published in a book to be sold by Derby College and the Festival – you may have seen copies of this year’s books at our Festival events.  The pupils at Bemrose will be writing poems to be published in a companion volume.

To be successful in our funding bid, we need your votes for this innovative outreach project. It’s very easy.  We will send you the website link next Tuesday when the voting opens.  You just need to register by giving your name and email address – and then vote for us!  Only projects that receive the highest number of votes go forward to the Aviva panel of judges for consideration.

We will email you again next Tuesday when the voting opens on 24 October.  The voting closes on 21 November.

Buxton Book Weekend 2017 – 24-26 November
Buxton International Festival holds its annual Book Weekend from 24-26 November, three days of fabulous personalities and authors with great stories to tell including: Blackadder and Time Team’s Tony Robinson, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, LibDem leader Vince Cable, The Crime Writers Lunch (with Val McDermid, Denise Mina and Sarah Ward), Radio 4’s David Archer himself – Tim Bentinck, Alison Weir on Norman Queens, John Higgs on Watling Street, Simon Heffer on the Age of Decadence and James Hamilton on Gainsborough.

Apply for a residency at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival  
Nottingham City of Literature has announced a new open call for their first residency with ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival and New Art Exchange for culturally diverse artists.  This is open for applications until 12 November 2017.

This project aims to support a greater diversity of voices and offer local writers the chance to create links with international writers. They are offering a 5-day residency at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018, mentoring and guidance from the festival producer, an opportunity to attend events, meet key people and share work, while participating in the literary life of the city.  To apply visit:

The Arts Society Derby
Some of you may be familiar with NADFAS (the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society), which has recently been renamed The Arts Society.  The local Derby branch organises an impressive programme of monthly talks by some of the leading academics and experts on a wide range of arts subjects.

They are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Landau Forte College at 7.15pm.  Lectures over the past couple of years have included Charles Rennie Mackintosh (by Eric Knowles from BBC’s Antiques Roadshow) plus ones focusing on David Hockney, Degas and the Mona Lisa.

Membership each year is £42 which includes 9 lectures across the year (there is a break in July, August and September).  For full details visit their website.

Photo: Lexis students at Derby College, 2017 – Bonbon Photography

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