Simon Callow at Festival’s Guardian Live event

29th March 2016

We are very excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the first of two Guardian Live events at Derby Book Festival.   One of the UK’s finest and best-loved actors, Simon Callow will appear at Derby Theatre on Sunday 5 June at 4pm to talk about One Man Band, the third volume in his epic survey of the life and work of Orson Welles.

Simon is known for his many roles on stage and screen, including Four Weddings and a Funeral.  As you would expect from such a distinguished actor, this will be much more than a simple reading of excerpts from his book:  Simon will bring to life what it would have been like to be around him, and ultimately, what it was like to be Orson Welles.

Tickets cost £15 and can be booked online or in person from Derby Theatre or call 01332 593939.

Limited Edition Festival Tote Bags
Last year we had several enquiries about Festival merchandise, so this year we have decided to test the water and have produced Festival Tote Bags.  They are made from a high quality linen, so ideal for carrying home your Festival book purchases!  The Festival logo is printed on one side and ‘Bringing books to life’ on the other side.  They will be on sale at all Festival events at £10 each.  All proceeds to Derby Book Festival, which is of course a charity!

Derby Reads – Tuesday 5 April
If you haven’t reserved your place yet for our Festival programme launch event on Tuesday 5 April in QUAD, please hurry!  Tickets are going fast.  We will be announcing the winners of our Flash Fiction Writing Competition as well as revealing all the Festival events.

Wirksworth Book Festival, 8 – 10 April
The organisers of the ever popular Wirksworth Festival contacted us last autumn to discuss launching their own Book Festival in partnership with Derby Book Festival.  We have been working with the organisers over the past few months, and the first Wirksworth Book Festival will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th April 2016.

The Festival’s opening event, Wirksworth Reads, will be held in the Red Lion Ballroom on 8 April with a series of short readings by local people from their favourite books.  The event is free and the doors open at 6.30pm with the readings starting at 7pm.  We will have a Derby Book Festival stand at the event stocking our Festival programmes and bookmarks, so do pop along and have a chat to us, as well as enjoying the inaugural event.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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