Events at Derby Book Festival 2019

Full details of all our Festival events are listed.

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Saturday 1st June

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg! 7:30pm - 8:30pm - Saturday 1 June
Landau Forte Theatre, DE1 2LF

(An additional £1.25 is payable for bookings by phone or in person.) Actor, author, BBC One Show reporter, former MP and government whip, Gyles Brandreth’s new one-man show celebrates all things theatrical. This is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he's known and the theatre stories that have made him laugh – and, occasionally, cry. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling afternoon of with, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

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Thursday 6th June

Commemorating D-Day 7:30pm - 9:30pm - Thursday 6 June
Derby Theatre, DE1 2NF

75 years ago, on 6 June 1944, the greatest seaborne invasion in history took place. D-Day saw an epic battle involving 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles. Giles Milton’s bold new history, D-Day: The Soldiers' Story, narrates the day's events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter: from the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht's bunkers. It lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the frontline of Operation Overlord. He will be joined by author Bali Rai, whose novel Voices: Now or Never, a Dunkirk Story, brings a young soldier, Private Fazal Khan, from his home in India to the battlefields of the Second World War. This special Derby Book Festival event will also include music and dance from the period to commemorate this historic event. There will be an interval during the event.

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Friday 7th June

Melvyn Bragg 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Friday 7 June
Derby Theatre, DE1 2NF

Broadcaster, author and parliamentarian, Melvyn Bragg (Lord Bragg of Wigton) has been at the forefront of arts, culture and academic discussion for nearly 60 years. Starting his career as a BBC trainee, he has worked on many ground-breaking programmes, most prominently as editor and presenter of The South Bank Show and for BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time and Start the Week. His skills as a communicator have undoubtedly made the arts more accessible and less elitist. His writing has included an array of award-winning fiction and non-fiction. He will be talking about his latest novel, Love Without End: a re-imagining of the legendary tale of Heloise and Abelard, uniting today and the Middle Ages in a thought-provoking novel and breathing fresh life into one of history's most remarkable and enduring love stories.

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Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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