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Thank you for your support in making our 2018 Festival such a success

22nd June 2018

Now the dust has started to settle, we want to thank you for your support.

We are getting the final ticket sales from our partner venues, but early indications are that these are up from 5423 in 2017 to over 6500 in 2018!  Book sales too have increased. We’ll let you know the final total once we’ve done the sums.

Very special thanks are due to:

  • all our Festival partners for the use of their wonderful venues, for their advice and support
  • Waterstones and Blackwells for providing our book sales
  • our media partners, Codemakers and WDA for their marketing and PR support
  • our army of dedicated volunteers who made every event run so smoothly.

Initial feedback suggests that this year’s highlights were Ken Clarke and Alan Johnson, The Bookshop Band with Louis de Bernières, Joanne Harris and Emma Hooper, Kate Mosse, Lionel Shriver, Terry Waite, Stephen McGann, Eddie Mair, Tim Bentinck and Lucy Mangan.  But we are sure you will have your own highlights and memories.

Do let us know who your favourites were, as well as any ideas for next year’s Festival, by posting on Facebook and Twitter.  We’ve already got lots of ideas flooding in.

Re-live this year’s Festival events
Thanks to the support of our Festival partners, the University of Derby and QUAD, you can re-live some of this year’s Festival events – and catch up on any you missed!  Staff and students from the University’s College of Arts, Humanities & Education filmed two of this year’s events at Derby Theatre: our Opening Event with Ken Livingstone and Alan Johnson and The Bookshop Band with Louis de Bernières, Joanne Harris and Emma HooperQUAD have also made sound recordings of several events held there.

We are just having final edits made and you will soon be able to access them from our website.  More details to follow.

Please let us have your feedback
We really want to know what you thought of the events you attended as we want to make next year’s Festival even better.  Please complete our online questionnaire by Sunday 24 June so you can be entered into our prize draw for a £25 Waterstones’ Book Token – it takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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