Thanks to a lot of hard work from Chris, our wonderful designer at WDA Branding, and Richard and the team at Black Apricot Creative, who co-ordinated and managed the printing, we are the proud recipients of 20,000 programmes, 18,000 bookmarks, 10 pop up banners and the programme for Derby Reads, which all arrived in good time for our Festival launch. We are now busy distributing the programmes and bookmarks so look out for them in all Festival venues, which include QUAD, Déda, Derby Cathedral, the University of Derby and Waterstones plus tourist offices, cafes, bars and shops around the city and county. They will be in all Derby City libraries next week.
Festival website now taking your bookings
Codemakers, our talented, creative and very patient website designers, have been working flat out uploading all the Festival events onto the website and linking the pages to the various box offices. You can now book for (*nearly) all events from our website. You can also book in person at the Festival Box Office at QUAD and at Deda for events they are hosting and at Derby Theatre for their Festival events.
*The only exceptions are for the Writing Surgeries, Writer’s Den and Chris Adams at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Derby Reads launch event
Thank you to everyone who came to Derby Reads, our Festival programme launch. It caught a lot of people by surprise that it turned out to be an emotional evening, with some powerful and moving readings from books that will feature in the Festival. If you missed it, you can catch up with the event thanks to our social media partner, Status Social who were busy filming, tweeting and facebooking all the action, so visit our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Many thanks to QUAD’s Adam Buss who compèred it magnificently, being the consummate professional who held the whole evening together. Liz Fothergill, our Festival Chair enthused us all with her memories of last year and her eager anticipation of the events to come in June. Special thanks to all our readers who spoke so passionately about the books they were reading from and transported us to other times and places through their readings.
Thank you to our sponsors, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire), whose support enabled us to deliver such a high quality launch event.
We were delighted to announce the winners of our Flash Fiction Writing Competition … but more about these and the illustrations in the next blog post.