Special pre-Festival event with Joanna Cannon

2nd December 2017

We’re delighted to bring you a special pre-Festival event on 29 January!

To celebrate the publication of Three Things About Elsie, the second book by Joanna Cannon, one of the Festival’s favourite authors, we’ll be holding an evening with Joanna herself.

Joanna’s debut novel, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, was the bestselling debut in paperback in 2017.  Her second novel Three Things About Elsie (published on 11 January 2018) tells the story of lifelong friends Florence and Elsie and explores memory, old age, and the echo we leave in the world.

Join Joanna as she talks to Marsha O’Sullivan, who works in BBC Local Radio and is a Trustee at QUAD.  At our last two Festivals her lively interviews with Joanna have been a great success.

The event, held in partnership with QUAD and Waterstones Derby, will take place at QUAD. Starting at 6.30pm, the running time is approximately one hour, including the opportunity to ask your own questions. The event will also be followed by a book signing.

Tickets cost £5 and are available online from the Festival website or the box office at QUAD.

And another Christmas treat…

Festival Friends – the perfect gift for book lovers!
Thanks to everyone who has already become a Festival Friend.  We know a number of people have bought the membership as gifts – it’s the perfect way to keep in touch throughout the year and enjoy some Festival perks – they do make a great Christmas present!

Reminder: Shared Reading project briefing
In our eshot of 17 November we told you about our weekly Shared Reading Group at Parklands View extra care home in Derby.  We are looking for volunteers to extend the programme.  It you think Shared Reading may be for you, come along to our briefing session on Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  This will be held at the Festival office at 67 Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LD.  On street parking is free after 6pm and there are generally plenty of spaces in the evening.

If you would like to attend or can’t attend, but would like to receive more information please let us know by emailing us at: or by telephoning: 07852 362881.

Flash Fiction Writing Competition 2018
Our fifty word Flash Fiction Writing Competition 2018 launches on 10 January, so look out for the announcement of next year’s theme!  We will send you details in our e-shot as well as announce it on social media and our website.  The competition will run for 4 weeks, closing on 8 February.

Photo: Joanna Cannon c. Philippa Gedge

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