Now the dust has started to settle, we want to thank all our subscribers for their support.

Very special thanks are also due to the following – we really couldn’t do any of it without you:

  • all our Festival partners (and their wonderful staff) for the use of their excellent venues, their advice, technical support and marketing input
  • our generous and supportive sponsors and funders, in particular the University of Derby
  • Waterstones and Blackwells for providing our book sales
  • our media partners, Codemakers and Burnthebook for their marketing and PR support
  • our army of dedicated volunteers who made every event run so smoothly.
We don’t have final figures yet from our partner venues for ticket sales, nor from Waterstones for book sales, but the feedback we have received suggests that we have had another successful Festival!.

There were so many wonderful authors, with highlights including Melvyn Bragg, Markus Zusak (pictured above being interviewed by Navtej Johal), Tracy Borman, Patrick Gale, Melissa Harrison and The Bookshop Band, Rachel Reeves MP, Susan Calman, Steve Peters, Hollie McNish and Will McCallum.  But we are sure you will have your own highlights and memories.  We have audio recordings of many of the events hosted by QUAD, thanks to their wonderful technical team.  We will make these available online for you to enjoy in the coming weeks.

Do let us know which your favourites were by posting on Facebook and Twitter, as well as letting us have any ideas for next year’s Festival.

Please let us have your feedback
It’s not too late to give us your feedback on this year’s events.  This helps us to make next year’s Festival even better.  Please complete our online questionnaire by Friday 21 June so you can be entered into our prize draw for a £25 Waterstones’ Book Token – it takes less than 5 minutes to complete – honest!

Shared Reading
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid to the National Lottery Community to enable us to extend the Festival’s Shared Reading programme and set up new groups in Derby and Derbyshire.

During the Festival we had a number of people expressing an interest in becoming Shared Reading volunteers and we are planning to hold an information event for potential volunteers after the summer holidays.  We will be circulating details of the event at the beginning of September.

Although we took names and contact details from several people we think that some of these contact details were mislaid in the hurly burly of the Festival (e.g. a teacher who lives in Melbourne?).  It would be very helpful if anyone who is interested could email: just to ensure we have the correct information.

Festival Bookmarks
If you haven’t picked up copies of this year’s Festival Bookmarks, they are available from Waterstones, local libraries and Festival venues.  The winners have all been presented with their prizes and attended Festival events.   Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition.

The bookmarks include the dates for next year’s Festival: Friday 29 May to Saturday 6 June 2020 – so please add it to your diary NOW!

The Autumn Edition: 26 & 27 October
Plans are already well underway for our first Autumn Edition of the Festival over the weekend of 26 & 27 October.  We will be announcing details very soon and tickets will be on sale by mid September.

Looking for more book related events?
If you can’t wait until October, our partners QUAD will be screening an epic new theatre adaptation of the late Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel, Small Island, later this month.

Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday between 27 June – 8 July 2019. Book:

One of the most exciting publishing events of the year takes place in September and QUAD will have an exclusive Margaret Atwood event to celebrate it.

Join our friends at QUAD for Margaret Atwood: Live In Cinemas.  The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is finally going to be revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast on 10 September at QUAD:

Photo by The Gribbons

Derby Book Festival

29 May – 6 June 2020

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