Our Festival programme is now complete: beautifully designed by the ever patient and talented Chris from WDA Branding, and is now at the printers! We are on course to receive 20,000 copies next week for our Derby Reads event on 11 April (see below).
This year’s Festival includes another broad range of over 70 events and activities. We have three new partners in the city who will host events: Rolls-Royce, Royal Crown Derby and The Smallprint Company. We hope there’s something for everyone with topics ranging from birding to buttons, fashion to football and mindfulness to music, and we have once again included some events to reflect Derby’s special character and heritage. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Jon McGregor Book Launch
We had a welcome night out to celebrate the programme going to print last Friday, when we popped over to Nottingham Contemporary for the launch of Jon McGregor’s (pictured above) first novel in seven years: Reservoir 13, which is set in the Peak District. We are delighted that Jon will be joining us at this year’s Festival on Sunday 11 June and the event promises to be a wonderful mix of words and music (of which we had a glimpse in Nottingham). He will be reading from Reservoir 13 with live accompaniment from Derbyshire-based musicians Richard J Birkin and Haiku Salut (from Cromford).
Derby Reads, 11 April
Tickets are going quickly for Derby Reads, our Festival Programme launch event in QUAD on 11 April. Tickets are free, but you will need one to attend. Please arrive from 6pm to join us for a drink before the event, which begins at 6.30pm until 8pm. It will include readings from some of the books to be featured in this year’s Festival and we will also announce the winners of this year’s Flash Fiction Writing Competition.
Why wait so long?
We’ve been asked a few times about why we only announce the full programme eight weeks before the Festival begins. This year, we have been announcing events for several months via social media and the eshot to create a bit of a buzz about the Festival. Tickets are already on sale for our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks as well as the events hosted by Déda and Derby LIVE. But the truth is, we are still finalising author events and timings right up to our deadline for printing! We have tried to share more information with you this year, but it’s risky to put events on sale too far ahead of the final programme in case things do change.
One of this year’s Festival authors is young adult writer Alex Wheatle who won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2016 for his hard-hitting novel, Crongton Knights. Alex is an award-winning British novelist of Jamaican heritage who was born in Brixton and grew up in council-run Shirley Oaks children’s home in Croydon.
Teenagers are a hard audience for the Festival to reach, so if you know any young people aged 10+ who love reading, or need to be inspired to read more, do let them know about this one.
Easter Fun Club at Déda
Looking for some activities for children over the Easter holidays? The Easter Fun Club at Déda may be the answer. This April, their Fun Club is inspired by books and led by local artist, Theresa Hempsall. There will be crafts, games and lots of fun, and children will have chance to make new friends and learn new skills. So get kids crafting with an action packed day of discovery for children aged 5-11 years on 12 April 2017 from 9am to 3pm. The cost is £25 and includes a delicious and nutritious lunch from the CUBE café|bar as well as snacks and drinks throughout the day. Limited availability – advanced booking required. Call 01332 370911 to book (Enrolment Form must be filled in).