Ticket sales up by 40%

20th April 2017

Following our launch event last week in QUAD, tickets have been selling like hot cakes!  Compared to our first week’s sales last year, they are up by 40% so we hope that trend continues throughout the coming weeks.  A few events are already over half full, so don’t leave it too late to get your tickets.

You can find details of all events on our website or pick up a programme from any of our Festival venues.  Our wonderful volunteers are currently distributing them all over the city and county and they will be in all libraries by the end of next week.

Flash Fiction winners
It was great to see so many of this year’s winners (pictured above) at our Derby Reads event to receive their framed illustrated stories.  These have been printed onto bookmarks and you can collect the full set of six by visiting venues, cafes and libraries across the city in the coming weeks.

Here are the winning stories in the Under 16s category (we’ll include the Over 16s in the next eshot):

The Journey of Life  (by Halle Burton)

Baby, azure eyed and babbling
Toddler, rosy cheeked and paint splattered
Childhood, satchels and schoolbooks
Teenager, fashion slaves, gum chewers and door slammers
Young adult, champagne and parties
Adult, holidays, marriage and family
Mid-life crisis, chores, chores, chores
Old age, laughter lines, knitting
Death, weeping family, tear stained tissues.

Paradise (by Sophie Martin)

Wind weaves through my torn jumper as I sprint through the deserted forest, frost biting at every branch. Cradling my frayed grey bag in my arms, heavy mist exhales from my chapped lips. I have come too far to stop, I must keep running. Escaping. Journeying onto a free land.

Winter Work (by Freddie Goddard)
Back, Forth, Fronts, Feet. The winter winds push hard, hail and spits of rain clattering their faces. Striving to protect those pressed against their body. Heads bent crooked a body of clockwork, leading with heads and hearts. Their stomachs camouflaged by the snowy, white skies. The penguins never give in.

Cancelled event
Sadly we have had to cancel Gardening for Mindfulness,which was to have been held at Deda on Wednesday 14 June. Holly Farrell, the author, is no longer available.

Wanted!  Children’s books
We really need your help in finding children’s books for the Book Swap stall at our Bringing Books to Life event in the Market Place on Saturday 10 June.

If you are able to encourage your children to part with any books they no longer read, that are still in good condition, please drop them into reception in Sadlerbridge Studios, which is located at the bottom of Sadlergate (Bold Lane end).  There is a plastic crate in the seating area to pop them into.

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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