A few more Festival events are on sale from 10am today, Monday 4 March.  These are likely to be the final ones before all of our remaining events go on sale on Wednesday 10 April.

You can find details of all of our Festival events on our website.

Museum Sleepover tickets on sale
This year’s Sleepover at Derby Museum & Art Gallery will be held on Saturday 1 June.  It always sells out very quickly so don’t delay!

The theme for this year’s Sleepover is ‘History is Horrible’.  Tickets are £26.50 each, which is the  same price as last year.

Events with Derby LIVE
As you will know, the Guildhall Theatre is closed until September whilst work is being carried out to their roof.  We had planned to hold a number of events there and we are grateful to Derby LIVE for finding alternative venues.

However, the Guildhall Clubrooms remain open and we are organising four events there, including two on Friday 7 June, which we are calling our Friday Night Fringe.

You can book online or through the Sales and Information Centre, which is open 9.30am-8pm, Monday – Saturday for bookings in person or by phone.  Please note that tickets booked this way (rather than online) have an additional booking fee.  The online prices are quoted for each event below.

Friday Night Fringe:
£10 for both events or £7.50 each
Join us for a lively night at our first Festival Fringe for an evening of poetry and performance, dance and drinks.

Friday 7 June
Dan Webber: Genre Fluid Book Launch
7 – 8pm
Guildhall Clubrooms


Genre Fluid is the culmination of three years of writing, touring and performing at various events and festivals across the country. Being constantly told you’re a comic at poetry nights and a poet at comedy nights can be very confusing, as is the constant pressure to define yourself and your work.

Genre Fluid is a study into labels in everyday life, in the arts and the LGBT+ community and marks the launch of the first collection of poetry by Dan Webber.

Published by Big White Shed, made possible with funding from the ERDF Big House Project.

Iestyn Edwards: My Tutu went AWOL
8.30 – 10pm
Guildhall Clubrooms

On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Iestyn Edwards, Bass Baritone, sang at the naval supper on HMS Victory and met Royal Marines Commando Stacks.  They met again when Iestyn turned up to perform in Iraq  –  this time in a tutu!   A story of squaddie life in battle and of unlikely friendships.  Iestyn will perform as Madame Galina – a show which headlined at the Barbican, Royal Opera House and Café de Paris – so be prepared for an evening of song and dance.

There will be two more book-related Festival events in the Guildhall Clubrooms:
Tuesday 4 June
Don’t Go Into The Cellar presents
Edward Lear’s Stuff and Nonsense
7.30 –  9.10pm
Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms
£12 (Under 16s £10)

Enjoy an audience with Mr Edward Lear, King of the Nonsense Rhyme and Loopy Limerick!   Allow him to entertain you with tall tales concerning his life and times, the people, flora and fauna he encountered along the way, and his own inimitable philosophy of life.  Oh, and a certain owl and a particular pussycat are both guaranteed!

Wednesday 5 June
Don’t Go Into The Cellar presents
Strictly Sherlock
7.30 – 9.10pm
Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms
£12 (Under 16s £10)
Age guidance 11+

After the terrific success of The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, Don’t Go Into The Cellar return with this follow-up stage play. Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life three startling cases: The Sussex Vampire, The Creeping Man and The Devil’s Foot!

Please note that the end times are approximate!

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg!
This event has been on sale with Derby LIVE for some time and is now sold out!

Volunteering at this year’s Festival
Thank you to everyone who has applied to join our team of 2019 volunteers.  A few people have contacted us to check whether they have been successful. We will be in touch with you very soon – but for now, no news is not bad news and we do have a lot of applications to consider!

Meet the Author events for schools
Each year we organise Meet the Author events for Derby school children.  We hold two events for Primary Schools in Derby Theatre and two for Secondary Schools at the University of Derby.

One of this year’s Primary School authors, Jeanne Willis, is doing a special event this week for school teachers and Teaching Assistants and students.  The aim is to introduce Jeanne’s books to the teachers to help them prepare for her event at Derby Theatre.   Jeanne’s event will be for Years 2, 3 & 4 and poet Joseph Coelho will join us for an event for Years 5 & 6 pupils.

This year Secondary School Year 7s will be meeting David Solomons and Years 9 & 10 students will be welcoming Alex Wheatle, who will be interviewed by pupils.

Derby Book Festival

29 May – 6 June 2020

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