Trains and birds to feature in Festival events

15th February 2016

We have today announced a few more Festival events to whet the appetite ahead of our full programme launch on 5 April.  We aim to include events with Derby-related themes and are delighted to celebrate Derby’s railway history with author Simon Bradley in the historic Roundhouse.  Simon’s book The Railways: Nation, Network and People was chosen by The Sunday Times as their History Book of the Year in 2015 and Simon will be joining us on Tuesday 7 June.   The Cathedral’s Peregrines will also feature as part of an event with author, broadcaster and naturalist David Lindo, ‘The Urban Birder’, who will visit Derby Cathedral on Wednesday 8 June to talk about his book Tales from Concrete Jungles.  Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are organising a special Watch Point on Cathedral Green before his event giving an opportunity to view the Peregrines.

Derby Reads Programme Launch event
Watch out for details of Derby Reads, our Programme Launch event on Tuesday 5 April in QUAD, when our Festival Box Office opens for all events.  Derby Reads, sponsored by East Midlands Chamber, will be FREE but ticketed, with tickets available from 15 March online at or from the Festival Box Office at QUAD.  Derby Reads was first performed as the Opening Event of the first Derby Book Festival.  This year the event will provide a ‘taster’ of some of the exciting events and authors that will be included in our second Festival.  We will also be announcing the winners of our Flash Fiction Writing Competition.  The winning stories will be printed on Festival bookmarks, which will be illustrated by a student from the College of Arts at the University of Derby.

Flash Fiction Writing Competition
Have you entered our Fifty Word Flash Fiction Writing Competition yet?  If not, you still have time.  The closing date is midnight on Friday 19 February.   The theme this year is ‘Secrets’ and we are delighted (and a bit alarmed) with the stories we’re receiving!

Volunteering opportunities at Derby Book Festival
Derby Book Festival is run almost entirely by volunteers.  We could not function without the many people who offer their time freely to oversee the organisation, support the events, plan the programme, liaise with the authors and other contributors and seek the funding needed to pay for the events.

We have a group of enthusiastic volunteers who supported the Festival last year, many of whom will be involved again this year, but we would love to have some more to welcome and assist the people who visit our events.  If you are reliable, friendly, interested in books and available to help out between 3rd and 11th June, we would love to hear from you.

We do our best to involve everyone who applies, but due to programming and individual availability, we may not be able to include everyone in the rota.

Email for an application form and return it to us by 7 March.   We will be in touch soon after receiving your application form to let you know the date for the initial training session.

Winter Ales Festival – CAMRA event
If you can’t wait to taste Dancing Duck beer at our CAMRA Real Ale event  (with Roger Protz) on Saturday 4 June, pop along to the Winter Ales Festival in the Roundhouse from 17 – 20 February.

Arts Council funding success
Running a Book Festival is an expensive business and we pride ourselves that we offer our authors and interviewers a fee (you may have read in the media recently that this is an on-going issue for visiting authors).  We are therefore delighted to have been successful in our bid for £34,000 from Arts Council England’s National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme for our second Festival.

Derby City Library Service consultation
Have you had your say about the future of Derby City libraries?  If you value your local library service, please take part in the consultation which closes on Friday 19 February.

Joanna Cannon
We don’t want to keep harping on about it… but her debut novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is now No 3 in the Best Seller list this weekend!

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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