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Special event with Paddy Ashdown

1st September 2018

This year we are hoping to hold a number of ‘off programme’, interim events in the run up to our 2019 Festival.

We are delighted to announce that the first of these will be held on Tuesday 23 October at 7.30pm with Paddy Ashdown, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Royal Marine and intelligence officer.  He will be talking about his new book Nein!  Standing up to Hitler, 1935–1944.  

In his last days, Adolf Hitler raged in his bunker that he had been betrayed by his own people, defeated from the inside.  In part, he was right.

In Nein! Paddy tells (for the first time) the story of those at the very top of Hitler’s Germany who used every means possible – conspiracy, assassination, espionage – to prevent the Second World War and then to deny Hitler victory.

Based on newly released files, the repeated attempts of the plotters to warn the Allies about Hitler’s plans are revealed.   The European Union we have today, and the central position of Germany within it, is the future envisaged by these plotters, for which they gave their lives.

The event will consist of a 45 minute talk followed by a 15 minute question and answer session.

Tickets cost £7 each and you can book them at QUAD from 1 September at 11.00am.   The event will be followed by a book sale, organised by our partners Waterstones, and signing.

Three beautiful stories at Déda
Our Festival partner Déda have three wonderful book related shows coming up in their next season:

A Thing Mislaid …  presented by Maison Foo
Thurs 21st and Friday 22nd September at 7.30pm

Travelling through strange cinematic worlds and surreal realities, join Maison Foo on an adventure exploring migration and journey in A Thing Mislaid …

The Foos experiment with live camera and puppetry along with their signature brand of humour and visual story telling, in a piece that asks the question ‘If home is no longer home, then where do we belong?’

Juliet and Romeo  presented by Lost Dog
Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm

If you saw Lost Dog’s Paradise Lost at our 2016 Festival, we’re sure you’ll want to see their latest production – and if you missed it, here’s your second chance to see the award-winning company.  Through a blend of dance, theatre and comedy it s a retelling of Romeo and Juliet …
It turns out Romeo and Juliet didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.  Well, they lived at least.

Insomniac’s Fable  presented by Makeshift Company
Saturday 3rd November at 7.30pm

Polyboy is in love with Polygirl.  After struggling to fall asleep one night, Polyboy enters a dreamlike state where his fantasy has come true: Polygirl loves him too. But the dream begins to twist into a nightmare.

Falling into a dream within a dream, Polyboy finds himself lost in a forest, in danger of never finding his way out or waking up …

Re-live this year’s Festival
If you missed out on tickets to our Opening Event with Ken Clarke and Alan Johnson this year – or want to see it again – here is your chance!  This year for the first time staff and students at the University of Derby filmed two of our Festival events and we have now posted this event on our website.

We will be posting the other filmed event: The Bookshop Band with Louis de Bernières, Joanne Harris and Emma Hooper, in the coming months – as well as some audio recordings of Festival events held at QUAD in 2018.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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