To mark our first-ever Festival Takeover we’re holding a one-day flash sale. For one day only, this Saturday – 26th May, you can purchase any tickets (except for the Festival Book Quiz) for the Déda Takeover on Sunday 3rd June for just £2.

What is our Déda Takeover?
It’s a day like nothing we’ve ever done before. On Sunday 3rd June Derby Book Festival will take over the entire Déda venue: from dance in the studio to thrilling author talks in the theatre to masterclasses upstairs. You can spend the whole day at Déda and soak in the full Festival atmosphere – move from author talk to lively debate to live dance, enjoy breakfast over the morning papers and bathe in the Festival buzz at Cube Café.

You could always just pop in for one event … although we can’t guarantee you won’t want to stay all day!

How do I get my Super Sale Tickets?
Buy tickets online, by phone or at Déda this Saturday (26th May) with the code:


to secure your £2 tickets!

What are the events?
Join us for any of these exciting Déda Takeover events on Sunday 3rd June:

Sunday Papers, 10.15 – 11am (including coffee & croissants)
Like Peston on Sunday or The Andrew Marr Show? Then you’ll love this! Two of our leading national journalists (Ian Woods and Katy Guest) will discuss the day’s news from the hard-hitting to the humorous.

Dance4 Sunday Supplement, 11am – 12noon (including coffee & croissants)
Peek behind the scenes as we join dance artist, Danni Spooner for a secret sharing of her newest work. This live dance piece explores gender identity and is followed by a lively discussion chaired by Dance4’s Artistic Director, Paul Russ.

On Death Row: Ian Woods, 11.30am – 12.30pm 

Ian Woods’ extraordinary book explores the true-story of Richard Glossip, condemned to death for murder, when even the prosecutors admit he didn’t actually kill anyone. What could be more timely than this fascinating insight into America, capital punishment and the importance of journalism.

Lev Parikian – Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear, 1 – 2pm
A raucous look into birdwatching … and lying.  Meet the very funny Lev Parikian, and hear about his attempt to see 200 birds in a year. Although will he be telling the truth?

Masterclass: Katy Guest on How to Crowdfund your Book, 12noon – 1pm, Plus One-to-one Writers Surgery
Learn how to Crowdfund your own book with Katy Guest, the Commissioning Editor at Unbound. You’ll also get a one-to-one session with Katy afterwards to discuss your work.

Penny Pepper: First in The World Somewhere, 12.30 – 1.30pm
A disability superhero, fighting bigotry and indifference, all whilst dressed in fishnets, leather skirts and hair extensions. Penny brings her memoir to life in this unique event – part interview, part poetry, always entertaining!

Mary Horlock: Joseph Gray’s Camouflage, 2.30 – 3.30pm
A soldier and artist invents camouflage – but can he hide his own double life? Mary Horlock explores the true-story of her own great-grandfather and uncovers his secrets.

Tom Cox: 21st Century Yokel, 3.30 – 4.30pm
A hilarious nature memoir with a rambler’s guide to folklores in the counties, with a beautiful look at Derbyshire, “the landscape of his childhood.”

Churchill and the Bomb, 5 – 6pm

Nuclear weapons are at the centre of world tensions – from North Korea to Trump – do they prevent or create war?  Discover the views of one of our greatest statesmen, Winston Churchill, and his fascination with science, the bomb and nuclear war.

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Sold out events
Both the Afternoon Tea with Anne de Courcy at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel on Thursday 7 June and Criminal Constructions on Saturday 2 June are now sold out.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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