Events at Derby Book Festival 2017


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Tuesday 11th April

Derby Reads – Launch of the Derby Book Festival 2017 Programme 6pm for 6.30 - 8pm - Tuesday 11 April
FREE, but ticketed
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Derby Reads will celebrate the launch of the 2017 Festival programme and the announcement of the winners of our 50 word Flash Fiction Writing Competition. Based on the traditional Victorian Penny Readings popularised by Charles Dickens, the evening offers a collection of taster readings of extracts from books which will feature in this year’s Festival. Join us for a preview of the events and activities taking place during the week, pick up a programme and a set of this year’s Festival Bookmarks with their 50 word stories about ‘Journeys’.

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Friday 9th June

Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks 7:30pm - 9:00pm - Friday 9 June
£15 / £12
Derby Cathedral, DE1 3GP

Our Opening Event will feature internationally renowned author Sebastian Faulks, whose latest book, Where My Heart Used to Beat, returns to what has become a recurring theme in his novels: war and love. It is a tender portrait of a man and a century. Probably his best-loved novel, Birdsong, vividly depicted a British soldier’s experience on the frontline during the First World War. Sebastian was due to be in conversation with James Naughtie, BBC News' Books Editor & Special Correspondent and former presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme. Unfortunately, due to the unexpected announcement of the General Election on Thursday 8 June, James has, very reluctantly, had to pull out of the Festival due to his broadcasting commitments. We are delighted that Suzi Feay, a literary journalist with a particular interest in fiction and poetry, who writes regularly for The Independent, The Guardian and The Financial Times, and has been recommended to us by the BBC, has agreed to interview Sebastian. After the event, follow the Fire Trail to The Silk Mill to view the Poppies exhibition. The Fire Trail has been produced by Déda Producing Limited in association with Walk The Plank.

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Tots Make and Do - Where the Poppies Now Grow 10:00am - 11:30am - Friday 9 June

Suitable for ages 2 - 5 and their grown-ups. Hilary Robinson’s award winning Where The Poppies Now Grow is a delightful children’s picture book with powerful illustrations by Martin Impey about two boyhood friends who go to war. Afterwards, pop down to The Silk Mill to see the Tower of London Poppies: Weeping Window exhibition.

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Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung 5:30pm - 6:30pm - Friday 9 June

Min Kym was a child prodigy, studying at the Purcell School of Music then going onto international competitive success and making debut recordings. She worked with many violins and, at 21, found 'the one': a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. But then, in a London café, her violin was stolen. Using episodes from her book Gone, Min Kym will combine readings with playing to illustrate the key stages of her journey; one which is told as much in the language of music as it is in words.

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Saturday 10th June

Alex Wheatle: Winner, Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Saturday 10 June
£5
QUAD, DE1 3AS

For ages 10+. Alex won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2016 for his hard-hitting young adult novel, Crongton Knights. The third book in the trilogy, Straight Outta Crongton, has just been published. Schoolboy McKay’s rash attempt to help out a girl in danger of exposure for sexting after her phone is stolen takes him on a mission even more dangerous than his more usual challenge of dodging early morning visits by the bailiffs to his tower block home. Alex is an award-winning black British novelist of Jamaican heritage who was born in Brixton and grew up in council-run Shirley Oaks children’s home in Croydon. He traces his interest in books back to a spell in jail after the 1981 Brixton riots. David Almond, one of the Guardian judges, said that the novel “hums with the beat of real life and the language sings from the page”.​

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Louise Doughty 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Saturday 10 June
£10 / £8
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Apple Tree Yard gripped the nation when it was televised in January 2017. Her follow up novel Black Water should firmly establish Louise Doughty as one of our most important contemporary novelists. Set against a backdrop of the cold war and Civil Rights struggle, it moves across Europe, California and Indonesia exploring some of the darkest events in recent world history through the story of one troubled man. John Harper is less afraid of what is going to happen than of something he's already done. In a local town, he meets Rita, a woman with her own troubled history - but can he allow himself to get involved when he knows this might put her at risk?

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Derbyshire Noir: Crime Writing with Stephen Booth, Steven Dunne, Sarah Ward and introducing Roz Watkins 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Saturday 10 June
£8
Old Bell Hotel, DE1 3NQ

From the 'mean streets' of Derby to the wild moors of the Peak District, Derbyshire's atmospheric locations have exercised a powerful appeal for crime novelists. Meet four successful writers who have been establishing their own genre of 'Derbyshire Noir'. Stephen Booth, author of the popular Cooper and Fry series will chair the session. Stephen’s 17th novel, Dead in the Dark, is published in June. Derby is the setting for the DI Damen Brook novels by Steven Dunne, winner of the 2016 East Midlands Book Award for A Killing Moon; Sarah Ward lives in the Peak District and sets her two highly acclaimed novels there: In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw, and debut author Roz Watkins is about to launch a new Derbyshire crime series with The Devil's Dice.

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Jenny Eclair 7:30pm - 9:00pm - Saturday 10 June
£13 / £11
Derby Theatre, DE1 2NF

One of the UK's most popular writer/performers, Jenny Eclair was the first woman to win the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has many TV and radio credits to her name and four critically acclaimed novels. Her latest, Listening In, is a short story collection, based on the BBC Radio 4 series, Little Lifetimes. Twenty very different women reach a pivotal moment in their lives: behind each woman lies a gripping tale - of betrayal, of love, of hope and defiance. Funny, heart-breaking, inspiring - and packed with wicked one liners - this wonderful collection shows Jenny Eclair's exceptional talent for observation at its very best. Jenny will be in conversation with Anne Davies from BBC East Midlands Today.

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The Derby Book Fair 10:00am - 4:00pm - Saturday 10 June

Visit our first Book Fair in the wonderful setting of The Silk Mill. Stalls will include publishers, charities, comics, book shops and authors. There will be readings throughout the day by authors in The Silk Mill café: 10:30 Dawn Brookes 11:20 Linda Marston 12:15 Kal Dhindsa 13:00 Karen Tomlinson 13:50 Mary Martin 14:40 Sarah Hayward

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Bringing Books to Life 10:00am - 3:30pm - Saturday 10 June

Due to the wet weather forecast for Saturday 10 June, all performances and activities programmed will continue in the Marquee and on the Trent Barton bus. All other activities will be moved into Derby Market, behind The Guildhall. Join us for a fun-packed, spellbinding day of stories, creativity, music, magic and nonsense – and it’s all about Friendship! Visit the giant inflatable marquee: 10am ​Captivating stories Author Richard O’Neill inspires all ages with a fantastic blend of old, new, and original stories. 10.55am Street Theatre with Quite Remarkable Productions For ages 2 - 6. Join Mandy and her silly friend Geoffrey Jumper. Using music, magic and puppetry to tell stories, explore the wonderful world of reading and friendship! 11.30am Fancy Dress Competition. Come along as friendly characters from your favourite book – you could win a Book Token! 11.50am Family Book Quiz - for under 7s. Test your knowledge with our Fun Family Book Quiz. 12.25pm Captivating Stories Join Richard O’Neill, storyteller extraordinaire, for part two. 1.20pm Family Book Quiz - for over 7s. Second Fun Family Book Quiz of the day. 1.55pm Street Theatre with Quite Remarkable Productions 2.40pm Captivating Stories And … all day on the Market Place, sun, fun, face-painting and Déda’s pop up café The Mad Hatter gets the party started! Calling all budding artists and writers - chalk your favourite literary friends on the Pavement, be inspired by Derby Museums’ collections to write your own story about them, make your own medal with Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey and learn about their book Where The Poppies Now Grow. Decorate our special Friendship Trees and see your favourite books come to life, dance along to Derby Saxophone Quartet’s musical stories or hop on The Book Bus listen to magical stories from Africa and add your favourite books to their bookshelf. Still dying to dive into a book? You’ll be spoilt for choice with book stalls from Derby Libraries, Derby Schools and Oxfam and of course don’t forget to bring one along to swap at the our Book Swap stall! Feel like a rest - grab a seat on board to hear our Bard on the Bus, with lively tales from Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. CQ Street Circus 11am - 3pm Market Place Chango Fuego ​​Fire juggling, unicycle etc Tinna Misto ​​Hula Hoops performance & workshop Sam Davey ​​Circus skills & tricks

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Meet Mog 10:00am - 5:00pm - Saturday 10 June

Pop along to Waterstones and meet children’s book character, Mog.

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Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey Where the Poppies Now Grow 10:30am - 11:30am - Saturday 10 June

Suitable for ages 4 - 11 and their grown ups. Where The Poppies Now Grow is a touching children’s story of the power of friendship amidst the tragedy of war. The carefree childhood for Ben and his best friend Ray becomes a distant memory when they join the army to serve their country in 1914. Written to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey have dedicated the book to their great uncles who fell at the Somme. In tribute to the war poets of the time, Hilary wrote the story in rhyme. Martin, who illustrated War Horse, has captured the innocence of childhood and the courage of those in battle in his beautiful illustrations. Join Hilary and Martin at the Bringing Books to Life event in the afternoon for Medal Making.

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Joseph Knox: Sirens 11:00am - 12:00pm - Saturday 10 June

With a career as Waterstones’ crime buyer, Joseph Knox has now penned his own Manchester noir debut novel Sirens to great critical acclaim, following a highly competitive 10-way auction by publishers. The book follows disgraced detective Aidan Waits, who is pressured into going undercover to unearth dirty cops at the heart of Manchester's underworld drug scene following the disappearance of a politician's daughter.

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Storytelling at intu Derby 11:00am - 4:00pm - Saturday 10 June

Intu Derby, Level 1, outside Boots. Readings will take place every 30 minutes. intu’s Kids’ Club will be hosting an inspired and engaging event full of magical storytelling and crafts. Little ones are invited to let loose their imaginations and join us in the centre to hear a variety of classic children’s short stories. Afterwards, they can take part in our crafty workshop where they can create personalised friendship bracelets for their best buddies. Like any good kids’ books, it’ll be thoroughly entertaining and full of fun and laughter.

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Book Launch: Joseph Wright of Derby by Lucy Bamford & Jonathan Wallis 12:00pm - 1:30pm - Saturday 10 June

Joseph Wright of Derby was one of the most influential artists of the late 18th century and the city’s museum holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of his work anywhere in the world. Derby-born Lucy Bamford has always had a passion for Joseph Wright and, since becoming the Senior Keeper of Art at Derby Museums, she has been able to focus on researching this fascinating artist. Lucy and Jonathan Wallis, also from Derby Museums, have teamed up to produce this guide to the museum’s collections and what it tells us about his life and work. Join Lucy and Jonathan for a discussion on Joseph Wright of Derby and the paintings displayed in the museum.

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NT Live: Peter Pan (PG) 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Saturday 10 June

£17/£15/£13/£10 for under 16s. Suitable for families. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. Captured live at the National Theatre, see this recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale. A delight for children and adults alike. Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. All children, except one, grown up.

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Mary Queen of Scots 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Saturday 10 June

After years of painstaking research, David Templeman’s biography Mary Queen of Scots, The Captive Queen in England creates a detailed account of her nineteen years of confinement in England, culminating in the tragedy at Fotheringhay. David will reveal a story not found in any history book, conveying intrigue, passion, plots and escape attempts. Discover the fascinating story of Mary’s captivity in and around Derbyshire and the East Midlands.

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Beginners’ Bookbinding Workshop 2:00pm - 4:30pm - Saturday 10 June

To book: email hello@smallprintcompany.co.uk or call 07806 782109 or online at Eventbrite Experiment with simple binding techniques to create a journal, sketchbook, scrapbook or album. The session is ideal for beginners who would like to spend a couple of creative hours in the studio.

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Reading Apps with Nosy Crow 2 - 2.45pm & 3 - 3.45pm

£5 (one adult and two children). Ages 4 - 7 and their grown ups. All children must be accompanied by an adult Need help in improving your children's reading skills? Join Tom Bonnick from Nosy Crow for a 45 minute session on how to use Reading Apps. Award winning children's publisher Nosy Crow have developed these fun and easy Apps and will help you to navigate your way round them using QUAD’s ipads. Help your child to learn to read and become a book lover! Please note: booking for this event is by phone only at the Festival Box Office on 01332 290606.

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Matt Sewell: A Charm of Goldfinches 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Saturday 10 June

Is that a bellowing of bullfinches or a mural of snow buntings? Come and learn the best and weirdest collective nouns for our feathered friends with best-selling author Matt Sewell. Matt will be talking about his lifelong interest in birds, his hugely successful career in writing and illustrating and his latest book A Charm of Goldfinches and other Collective Nouns. Matt has been described as the Banksy of the bird world and has illustrated for the Guardian and Barbour; painted underpasses for the RSPB; and exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo and Paris.

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Slow Travel in the Peak District with Helen Moat 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Saturday 10 June

Slow Travel embraces the idea of getting under the skin of a place, finding hidden gems, and going where your interests take you rather than to the top tourist sites. Award-winning writer Helen Moat has spent most of her life travelling and living abroad before becoming a travel writer. Her latest Bradt Guide, Slow Travel: The Peak District, explores her adopted home. This is an event for anyone who loves the area, has an interest in travel writing, or simply a desire to learn more about the philosophy of Slow.

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Salley Vickers 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Saturday 10 June

Salley Vickers has been a favourite among book clubs and reading groups since her first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel, was published in 2000. It became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and was followed by the equally successful Mr. Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and The Cleaner of Chartres. Her latest novel, Cousins, has received critical acclaim and is a spellbinding account of a family in distress when the brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life-changing accident, an event that ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family.

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Museum Sleepover: Dahl Delights 7:00pm - 8:00am - Saturday 10 June

£20 per child/£15 per adult. Suitable for ages 7 - 12. Come and spend the night at the Museum at the Festival’s first sleepover! The family sleepover takes the phizz-whizzing wonders of Roald Dahl’s magnificent stories and characters as its inspiration. From Matilda to The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox to The BFG, there’ll be a packed programme of activities and games! The evening will culminate in a torchlight tour of the museum before bedtime stories and lights out! Enjoy sunrise and breakfast in the galleries the following morning, before heading home. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: Booking for this event is by phone only at the Festival Box Office on 01332 290606.

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Festival Book Quiz with Chip Butties 8:00pm 'til late - Saturday 10 June

After the resounding success and fiercely fought competition last year, the Festival Book Quiz returns! If you know your Brontë from your Blyton … your Rowling from your Roth ... and your Dahl from your Dickens, you’ll be in with a chance of winning the coveted Winner’s Trophy! Please enter as a team (minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 per table). The team fee includes chip butties to keep your brains working! £50 per table for teams of up to 8 people (includes chip butties)

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Sunday 11th June

Sarah Perry 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Sunday 11 June
£10 / £8
QUAD, DE1 3AS

The Essex Serpent stormed to the top of the bestseller lists and 2016 ended with it named as Waterstones Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award. Set in 1893, this gothic tale follows the young widow Cora Seaborne, an enthusiastic amateur palaeontologist, to a dank wetlands village in Essex, where a sea serpent is said to be terrorising villagers. Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, it is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take. Sarah Perry’s first novel, After Me Comes The Flood, was published in 2015 having been repeatedly rejected by publishers. Her third novel will be set in Prague, where she lived when she was UNESCO’s writer-in-residence.

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Virago Press: Changing the World One Page at a Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Sunday 11 June
£10 / £8
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Virago Publisher, Lennie Goodings, returns to the Festival to talk about the publishing house and its history and will be joined by one of its authors, Rachel Seiffert, author of the Booker-shortlisted The Dark Room. Forty years on Virago is the outstanding international publisher of books by women. The cultural, political and economic landscape has changed dramatically, but Virago has remained true to its original aims: to put women centre stage; to explore the untold stories of their lives and histories; to break the silence around many women’s experiences; to publish breathtaking new fiction alongside rediscovered classics; and to champion women’s talent. One of those breathtaking fiction writers is Rachel Seiffert. Her new novel is A Boy in Winter. Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. Deft, spare and devastating, Rachel Seiffert's new novel tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.

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Tim Dowling 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Sunday 11 June
£8
QUAD, DE1 3AS

If your Saturdays aren’t complete until you’ve read Tim Dowling’s take on life in Guardian Weekend , here’s a chance to hear from the man himself, one of our best-loved journalists. In Dad You Suck Tim examines the banalities and rigours of family life with his usual self-deprecating humour and dry wit. It is a book about fatherhood, about families and about being a modern man. As Tim says: “Perhaps this is my life’s true purpose: maybe I’m here to teach my sons that self-esteem comes and goes – it can get rolled right out of you at short notice – but that you still can get by in life without any, as long as you don’t want to be a contestant on The Apprentice. That, at least, is my experience. And, for what it’s worth, my example.” You can now listen to the full event here

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Jon McGregor: Reservoir 13 8:00pm - 9:00pm - Sunday 11 June
£10
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Derbyshire, midwinter. A teenage girl goes missing. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, pints poured. Life goes on, as it must. Jon McGregor, author of Even the Dogs and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, brings us his first novel in seven years: the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss, unfolding over the course of thirteen years in a small village. As an experienced performer of his own work, Jon will lead the audience on a journey through the landscapes and hidden stories of his new novel, Reservoir 13, with live musical accompaniment from Richard J Birkin and members of Haiku Salut.

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Spymaster: From Derbyshire farmer’s son to Head of MI6 10:45am - 11:45am - Sunday 11 June

How did a Derbyshire farmer’s son rise to the highest rank in MI6, despite harbouring a secret that would have seen his career ended before it started? Sir Maurice Oldfield, the most highly decorated British spymaster of the Cold War, was the first Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service to be named and pictured in the press and, it has often been alleged, he was the model for the screen versions of both Ian Fleming’s ‘M’ and John Le Carré’s George Smiley. All the more surprising is that he has been described as a rampant homosexual, a deeply religious family man - and a liar! His extraordinary story has now been told by Martin Pearce, his nephew, who has had unique access to his surviving contacts and papers and knowledge of his private personality.

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Matthew Parris 12:45pm - 1:45pm - Sunday 11 June

"He's 100% political herpes. Back in six months whatever you do. Or three days, like last time." Camilla Long on Nigel Farage No-one has ever been safe from insults and put-downs, particularly in 2016! In his latest book, Matthew Parris shows that abuse can be an art form as he brings together some of the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults and invective in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter. He draws on bile from such exponents of the art as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Donald Trump, Groucho Marx, Princess Anne, Winston Churchill, Nigel Farage, Mae West and Alastair Campbell.

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Sunday 11 June

£2 for under 14s. £4 for 14s and over. Suitable for all. Children under 14 must be accompanied. Join us for a very important date in Wonderland! Spend an afternoon at the Museum, and enjoy storytelling, crafts and cake, all inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Create your very own hat and enjoy some delicious treats and tasty drinks together in Wonderland.

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Dan Cruickshank: A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings 7:30pm - 9:20pm - Sunday 11 June

Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most inspirational and characterful world buildings. His selection includes many of the world’s best known buildings that represent key pioneering moments in architectural history... such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Forbidden City in Beijing. But he also presents less obvious more surprising structures, the unsung heroes of this fascinating story ... like the Oriel Chambers in Liverpool, and the Narkomfin Apartment building in Moscow. Having visited all but three of the 100 buildings, even though some are in inaccessible and threatend locations such as the Hatra in Iraq and the currently threatened Palmyra in Syria, he speaks movingly about ancient artefacts some of which may never be experienced again first hand.

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Monday 12th June

Alan Johnson in conversation with Matthew Parris 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Monday 12 June
£12
QUAD, DE1 3AS

A "fully paid-up member of the human race" is a description of a politician which is rare - but certainly an entirely accurate description of Alan Johnson MP. His first two highly successful, award-winning biographies have featured his upbringing in the East End of the 1950s and his early working life as a postman. His latest, The Long and Winding Road, takes us from his time as a trade unionist, when he came to the notice of Tony Blair, to taking up his seat as an MP in the landslide 1997 election, ultimately becoming Home Secretary. He will be in conversation with former MP, author and Times columnist Matthew Parris, whose interview with Ken Livingstone at last year’s Festival was one of the memorable highlights. You can now listen to the full event here

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Buttons & Biscuits: Morning Coffee with Lynn Knight 11am for 11.30am - 12.30pm - Monday 12 April

The Button Box: The story of women in the 20th century, told through the clothes they wore. "I used to love the rattle and whoosh of my grandma’s buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin." A wooden box holds the buttons of three generations of women in Lynn Knight's family: a scarlet ladybird from her own childhood, chunky turquoise buttons that fastened her mother's sixties-era suit, a sky-blue buckle from a dress her grandmother wore. Each button has its own tale to tell ... The Button Box traces the story of women at home and in work, from the jet buttons of Victorian mourning, to the short skirts of the 1960s, taking in suffragettes, bachelor girls, little dressmakers, Biba and the hankering for vintage. Bring a few of your own treasured buttons and chat about them over coffee. £8 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits served on arrival) Deadline: Wednesday 7 June.

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The Gardens of the British Working Class: Margaret Willes 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Monday 12 June

Spanning more than four centuries, from the earliest records of the labouring classes to today, Margaret Willes' people’s history unearths cherished gardens nurtured outside modest workers' cottages, fruitful allotments, and horticultural miracles performed in blackened yards. Her research has uncovered the ingenious methods employed by determined and obsessive working gardeners to make their drab surroundings bloom. She also explores the stories of the philanthropic industrialists who provided gardens for their workforces, the fashionable rich stealing the gardening ideas of the poor, alehouse syndicates and fierce rivalries between vegetable growers, flower-fanciers cultivating exotic blooms on their city windowsills, and the rich lore handed down from gardener to gardener through generations.

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Tuesday 13th June

Festival Lunch with Dame Jenni Murray 12:30pm - 3:00pm - Tuesday 13 June
£45
The Silk Mill, DE1 3AF

Journalist and broadcaster Dame Jenni Murray is best known as the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, a role she has had since 1987. In A History of Britain in 21 Women: A Personal Selection she suggests that British history has been defined by its conflicts, conquests, men and monarchs and that it’s more than time we recognise the achievements of British women. She discusses the lives of 21 women: from Boudicca to Elizabeth I and from Mary Seacole to Ethel Smyth, shedding new light on our history and revealing some fascinating stories. Ticket includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, a three-course lunch with two glasses of wine and tea or coffee. Please note: Booking for this event is by phone only at the Festival Box Office on 01332 290606. Bookings deadline: 5 June.

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Tony Garnett 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Tuesday 13 June
£8 / £6
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Tony Garnett’s 60 year career has encompassed theatre, TV and film as both an actor and producer. He has worked with some of the leading directors of the past half century, including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Roland Joffe as the producer of ground-breaking programmes such as Cathy Come Home and Up the Junction. His critically acclaimed autobiography The Day The Music Died was published in 2016 and provides a fascinating memoir of post-war British television as well as providing a vivid social history. Tony’s moving story demonstrates how he came to terms with unimaginable tragedy to become one of the most respected figures in the media industry, setting the gold standard for TV drama and producing some of the most iconic and controversial moments in BBC history. Tony will be in conversation with QUAD’s CEO, Adam Buss.

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Helen Mort & Dan Richards: Because They're There! 7:30pm - 9:10pm - Tuesday 13 June
£9 / £7
Guildhall Theatre/Derby LIVE, DE1 3AH

“Because they’re there?” Is this the answer to the eternal question: why do people climb mountains? Poet Helen Mort and author Dan Richards bring a new perspective to this question by exploring the exploits of largely forgotten, pioneering female mountaineers. Described in The Observer as ‘One of 2016’s Hidden Gems …’, Climbing Days sees Dan Richards on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century. For years, Dorothy and her husband, I. A. Richards, remained mysterious to Dan, but the chance discovery of her 1935 memoir, Climbing Days, led him on a journey. Using it as a guide he began to travel and climb across Europe’s peaks, following in their footsteps. Helen Mort’s latest poetry collection No Map Could Show Them, recounts in her inimitable style the exploits of path-breaking female mountaineers and the inspiration of mountains and the Peak District landscape. Described by Carol Ann Duffy as “among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets”, Helen is a keen climber herself so has a very personal understanding of what it is to climb mountains. Together they discuss these, largely forgotten, pioneering women.

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John McAvoy: Marketing Derby Bondholders’ Event 8:00am - 9:30am - Tuesday 13 June

Redemption: From Iron Bars to Ironman is the ultimate story of sporting salvation and the fascinating, frightening and inspirational autobiography of former career criminal, now world-record holder and endurance athlete John McAvoy. Born into a notorious London crime family, his uncle Micky was involved in the legendary Brinks-Mat gold bullion caper. John bought his first gun at 16 and carved out a lucrative career in armed robbery, becoming one of Britain's most-wanted men. Whilst serving life in Belmarsh, he discovered a miraculous cardiovascular talent and broke three world rowing records. Since his release he has become one of the UK's leading Ironman competitors, becoming the highest placed British athlete in his age group in last year's European championships and aims to turn pro in 2017. In partnership with Huub. If you are a Marketing Derby Bondholder, please book through Lindsey Hatfield. Other bookings though the Festival Box Office at QUAD. In partnership with:

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Handling History: 50 Finds From Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire 10:30am - 11:15am - Tuesday 13 June

Alastair Willis, Find Liaison Officer from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, will be discussing his latest book, 50 Finds from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, which details local treasures that have been discovered in the region. There will be the opportunity to handle some treasures to discover the objects up close.

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The Boat and The Blue 11:30am - 12:15pm - Tuesday 13 June

Join Jack Ross, Eleanor Meredith and Sinfonia Viva for a magical maritime adventure with songs, live visuals and musical games. Join Rowan on her adventures afloat, meeting frogs, paper boats, ducks and whales. You’ll also get a free CD and book of the story. Suitable for ages 0 – 5. Book at www.vivaorch.co.uk.

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Wednesday 14th June

Joanna Cannon and Emma Henderson 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Wednesday 14 June
£8 / £6
QUAD, DE1 3AS

To receive critical acclaim and be garlanded with awards for your first novel is something most novelists dream about, but for Derbyshire based Joanna and Emma, this dream became a reality. Joanna’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep continues to ride high in the best-seller lists over a year since publication and Emma had a similar experience with Grace Williams Says it Loud in 2010. Emma’s second novel, The Valentine House, published in March 2017 and Joanna’s Three Things about Elsie will be published in January 2018. Joanna will be talking about and introducing the new book. Joanna and Emma will share their experiences of early publishing success and the more difficult issue of writing the second novel.

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Reverend Richard Coles 7:30pm - 8:30pm - Wednesday 14 June
£10
Derby Cathedral, DE1 3GP

Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and TV show The Big Painting Challenge is just one of the many faces of the Reverend Richard Coles. Ordained by the Bishop of Derby in 2005, he now has his own parish in Northamptonshire. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number-one hit single (when he was a member of ‘90s pop group The Communards). But what is life like for the parson in Britain today? In his latest book, Bringing in the Sheaves, he talks to the Right Reverend Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton about this question, giving a unique insight into his daily experience in the ministry, with all the joy, drama, difficulty and humour which life - and indeed death - serves up in varying measures.

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Hansons’ Valuation Day 10:00am - 12:00pm - Wednesday 14 June

Our special version of the Antiques Roadshow returns to Derby. Do you have old documents lying around that you just can’t throw out as they may be of value? At last year’s event, one of Hansons’ valuation team discovered a few hidden gems. So dig out your printed treasures: books, magazines, posters … and find out more about their history and today’s value.

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Morning Coffee at Royal Crown Derby: The Contradictions of Quaker Pegg 10:30am - 12:00pm - Wednesday 14 June

Aged 21, William 'Quaker' Pegg joined the Derby Porcelain Factory, one of the most prestigious and productive ceramic manufacturers of that era. Five years later, in 1801, he abandoned his promising career after becoming a Quaker, adopting the most severe contemporary version of their beliefs. After 12 years, he returned and went on to produce some of the finest botanical paintings of the 18thand 19th centuries. Yet his extreme religious convictions reasserted themselves and, in 1821 he left and, for the next 30 years, ran a small shop close by the Factory. Using photographs, letters and writings preserved in Derby and Quaker archives, George Drury will attempt to explain how someone who produced such colourful and flamboyant work, eventually ceased, in the belief that even the act of painting was idolatrous. £8 (includes tea/coffee and a scone) Event tickets - book through QUAD. The 1750 Tea Room is offering attendees a special set lunch price of £6 each. You can also have a guided tour of the Royal Crown Derby working factory at 1.30pm and a visit to the museum. Tour: £5/£4.50 concessions. Booking essential for lunch and/or tour: phone Chloe Tidmarsh on 01332 712808.

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Gardening for Mindfulness 11:00am - 12:00pm - Wednesday 14 June

Gardening, like mindfulness, is a way of finding a sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic world, a simpler existence, even if it is only for a few minutes. Both forge a connection to the world around us, to nature and wildlife, which can bring pleasure and peace. Horticulturalist and mindfulness practitioner Holly Farrell’s beautifully illustrated guide provides a blueprint for a more contemplative way to garden, including projects, meditations and inspiration.

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Derby on Board Games 4:00pm - 10:00pm - Wednesday 14 June

Suitable for families. Derby on Board Games returns for the third year with a special event - all games played will have a book theme. Come and join in the fun! Derby on Board Games meets regularly on the last Wednesday of the month at the Book Café. They are a family-friendly group - everyone is welcome regardless of age, gaming knowledge and skill level.

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Stuart Webb: An Evening with Clough, Maxwell and Me 8:00pm - 9:00pm - Wednesday 14 June

For over 30 years the names of Stuart Webb and Derby County were inseparable. Now In Clough, Maxwell & Me Stuart tells his remarkable story. Here is the football man who shared in the Rams’ greatest days of the 1970s, when first Brian Clough and then Dave Mackay steered the club to become champions of England; the man who fought a lone High Court battle to keep the Rams in business in their centenary year of 1984 and saw them prosper again. In Clough, Maxwell & Me Stuart gives the inside track on those amazing times. His stories about Clough and Peter Taylor, Mackay, Robert Maxwell, Arthur Cox, Jim Smith, Lionel Pickering and others will have you roaring with laughter, and shaking your head in disbelief. Not only will Rams fans love Clough, Maxwell & Me, it is also a book that will delight football fans everywhere.

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Thursday 15th June

Afternoon Tea with Paula Byrne: The Kennedys and Chatsworth 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Thursday 15 June
£20
Cathedral Quarter Hotel, DE1 3JR

Please note: Booking for this event is by phone only at the Festival Box Office on 01332 290606. Bookings deadline: 30 May. In 1938 a young American arrived in London with her father, the new US Ambassador. She was the sister of JFK and Bobby Kennedy and the daughter of the formidable Joe Kennedy. But Kick Kennedy was also very soon at the heart of the British aristocracy. As the clouds of war gathered, Kick met a shy, tall, handsome man called Billy and, against the wishes of her powerful family, she married him. He was William Cavendish, heir to the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth estate, the most eligible bachelor in England. But their days of married bliss proved short. War brought tragedy and loss. In Kick, Paula Byrne uses recently released documents to tell, for the first time, this cinematic story of the meeting of American and British aristocracy: the Kennedys, the Devonshires, their friends such as the Churchills, Astors and Mitfords and the social whirl of pre-war life. Ticket includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival and Afternoon Tea with a selection of cakes and sandwiches.

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Alison Weir: Anne Boleyn 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Thursday 15 June
£10 / £8
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Following her sell-out event in 2016, Alison Weir returns to the Festival to recount one of the most sensational episodes in English history. Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII’s queens, was an extraordinary young woman, born into an ambitious family and destined to be the focus of scandal and calumny. Fresh from the cultivated hothouse of Renaissance France, Anne Boleyn draws attention at the English court. A nobleman, a poet and a king vie for her love. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks. It is a more powerful aphrodisiac than love. And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil. Blood will flow on her account. Her only protection is the King’s great love. Be prepared for your perceptions to be challenged.

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An Evening with John Hegley 7:30pm - 8:30pm - Thursday 15 June
£14
Déda, DE1 3GU

Edinburgh Festival regular, writer and performer John Hegley is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence. Performing extracts from Peace Love and Potatoes and other works - devised for adults, but acceptable to certain spectacle-wearing nine year olds - this evening with the UK's favourite performance poet is simply unmissable. "In Derby, I'm coming to dance To some Soul and Baroque sounds from France While I'm holding a spud And describing the mud Which some drawings will help to enhance."

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Morning Coffee with Wendy Holden 11:00am - 12:30pm - Thursday 15 June

Please note: Please arrive from 11am for this event. The interview with Wendy Holden will start at 11.15am and not 11.30am (as advertised in our programme). Deadline: Wednesday 14 June. Number-one-bestselling author Wendy Holden has ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels to her name. She grew up in Yorkshire, went to Cambridge University and became a journalist in London working on Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler, The Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Times,where she was deputy editor of the Style section and ghost-wrote a column for the late Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. This experience formed the plot for her first novel, Simply Divine. Her new novel, Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings, revisits the world of glossy magazines. Wendy is married with two children and lives in Derbyshire. Made an Hon D Litt by the University of Derby in 2012, she will be interviewed by the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kath Mitchell. £8 (includes tea, coffee and biscuitsserved on arrival)

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Print a Bookplate 1 - 4pm & 6 - 9pm

Set a small piece of text combined with ornaments from our collection to create your very own bookplates. During the session, you will get to grips with the traditional technique of letterpress using an Adana tabletop press and metal type. To book: email hello@smallprintcompany.co.uk / call 07806 782109 or online at Eventbrite: Book 1 - 4pm

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James Hamilton-Paterson Marked for Death 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Thursday 15 June

Little more than 10 years after the first powered flight, aircraft were pressed into service in the First World War. Marked For Death is both a homage to the famous aircraft of the period as well as to the 50,000 young, doomed pilots who died flying them. James Hamilton-Paterson debunks popular myth about the gallant air 'aces' who become national heroes and explores the brutal truths of wartime aviation: of flimsy planes and unprotected pilots. He also reveals how four years of war produced profound changes both in the aircraft themselves and in military attitudes and strategy. By 1918 it was widely accepted that domination of the air above the battlefield was crucial to military success changing the nature of warfare forever. The Heritage Exhibition will be open to visitors from 5 - 6pm and from 7 - 8pm.

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Friday 16th June

Stephen Westaby: Fragile Lives 7:30pm - 8:30pm - Friday 16 June
£8 / £6
QUAD, DE1 3AS

A slip of the hand and life ebbs away. The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that tightrope between the two. Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death, is The Sunday Times best-selling memoir by Professor Stephen Westaby, one of the world’s most eminent heart surgeons. He has saved hundreds of lives, performing over 11,000 heart operations over the course of a thirty-five year career in several of the UK’s top hospitals. In his astounding memoir, he details some of his most remarkable and poignant cases. Fragile Lives offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery, and how it feels to hold someone’s life in your hands.

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Tots Make & Do: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 10:00am - 11:30am - Friday 16 June

Suitable for ages 2 - 5 and their grown-ups. Today we draw inspiration from Eric Carle's classic tale of one very hungry caterpillar! Hear the story and paint, print and create your own beautiful butterfly to take home.

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Red Ellen: The Life of Ellen Wilkinson, Socialist, Feminist, Internationalist 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Friday 16 June

Born in 1908, Ellen Wilkinson came from a working class family in Manchester and is best remembered as the leader of the Jarrow March. By 1945 she was Minister of Education, had helped found the Communist Party and had become a renowned advocate for the poor and dispossessed at home and abroad. She was one of the first female delegates to the United Nations and played a central role in the post-war Labour party. Red Ellen’s life story is as much an inspiration for activism today as it is a history of an increasingly distant radical past. Laura Beers is a Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham and an Associate Professor of History at American University, Washington DC.

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Afternoon Tea with Katie Fforde 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Friday 16 June

Please note: Booking for this event is by phone only at the Festival Box Office on 01332 290606. Bookings deadline: 9 June Following the success of her previous novels, including A Vintage Wedding, Recipe for Love, and A French Affair, Katie Fforde’s latest romantic novel, A Secret Garden, instantly became a Top 5 Sunday Times bestseller. Each of her novels explores a different profession and this time her heroines are Lorna, a talented gardener and Philly, a plantswoman. Together they work in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the Cotswolds. They enjoy their jobs and are surrounded by family and friends but ,for them both, the door to true love remains resolutely closed … until now. Katie was one of the authors at our first Festival and we are delighted to welcome her back! Ticket includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival and Afternoon Tea with a selection of cakes and sandwiches.

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Saturday 17th June

Jane Austen: The Secret Radical 1:30pm - 2:30pm - Saturday 17 June
£8 / £6
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels don’t confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readers’ enjoyment. She writes about serious subjects and her books are deeply subversive. We just don’t read her properly - we haven’t been reading her properly for 200 years. Jane Austen, The Secret Radical puts that right. Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used the novel, regarded as the lightest of literary genres, to grapple with the weightiest of subjects – feminism, slavery, abuse, the treatment of the poor, the power of the Church, even evolution – at a time, and in a place, when to write about such things directly was seen as akin to treason.

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Closing Event: Dave McKean: Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash 8:00pm - 9:30pm - Saturday 17 June
£15 / £12
QUAD, DE1 3AS

Illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and musician Dave McKean has worked with many authors on over 70 books, including Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Richard Dawkins, David Almond, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and John Cale. He has written and directed three feature films; MirrorMask (with Gaiman), The Gospel of Us (with actor Michael Sheen, winner of 2 BAFTA Cymru awards) and Luna (winner of Raindance Best British Feature, BIFA awards). His latest venture, Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash is a multimedia performance and graphic novel which explores the work of Paul Nash, one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, whose First World War experiences inspired him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power. It combines visual storytelling, a captivating musical score and spoken word performance. Black Dog has toured internationally to much acclaim as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary. Musical collaborators performing include Matthew Sharp, solo cellist, baritone and actor and violin player Clare Haythornthwaite. Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash is co-commissioned by The Lakes International Comic Festival, On a Marche sur la Bulle and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash is co- commissioned by: Supported using public funding by:

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Day of Writing 10:00am - 4:00pm - Saturday 17 June

Our annual Day of Writing - tailor-made for any aspiring authors! With a range of lively workshops plus an insightful author panel, this is the ideal event for writers looking to learn more about the craft and build their careers in the field. 10 - 11.30am - Workshop: Tracy Bloom – Successful Self-Publishing - £10 Join bestselling author of romantic comedies, Tracy Bloom, for an informative session on self-publishing and how to make it work for you! Buy tickets 10 - 11.30am - Workshop: Alex Davis – Making a Living as a Writer - £10 QUAD's very own Literature Officer, Alex Davis, presents a session on the financial realities of being a writer, with advice on how to build a living in the profession. Buy tickets 12noon – 1.30pm - Workshop: Karen Ball – Writing Children's Fiction - £10 Run by one of the leading editors in children's fiction, this session offers a fantastic look into what makes great stories for kids. Buy tickets 12noon – 1.30pm - Workshop: Clare Harvey – Writing Historical Fiction - £10 Award-winning historical fiction author Clare Harvey presents a workshop exploring one of the most popular areas in the publishing world today. Buy tickets 2.30 – 4pm - Workshop: Shaun Kennedy – Writing Flash Fiction - £10 Flash fiction is an exciting area of writing for those with an interest in short stories – this session will show you how to create great tales in 1000 words or less! Buy tickets 2.30 – 4pm - Panel: Jo Bunt, Sarah Day and Roz Watkins – Authors and the First Book - £5 Almost every writer dreams of having their book out there – but what's it really like to sign that first publishing contract … see that book in your hands and see all those aspirations become a reality? Join acclaimed debut novelist Sarah Day, author of Mussolini's Island, crime author Roz Watkins, whose novel The Devil's Dice is released in 2018, and local author Jo Bunt, whose debut novel now has an agent and is seeking a publisher. Expect an honest look at the ups and downs of getting your book out there, what the road to publication is really like and how being published can change your life. Buy tickets

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Meet The Gruffalo 10:00am - 5:00pm - Saturday 17 June

Pop along to Waterstones and meet children’s book character, The Gruffalo!

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The Writer's Den 10:00am - 5:00pm - Saturday 17 June

Book your place online at www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/young-writers/writers-den/ The Writer’s Den is a gymnasium for the imagination. You’ll take part in fun, creative writing workshops, performances, competitions and games, all delivered by professional writers and designed to keep you inventing and imagining long after the Den closes. You’ll meet lots of other people your age who also love writing and you’ll leave the Den with new friends and new skills. With brand new tutors running intensive workshops in fiction and poetry, they’ll help you to develop your skills and confidence. We’ll round off the day with a special performance by one of the featured authors, which you can invite your family and friends to watch with you. There are a limited number of bursary places available for low income families. For ages 9 - 14.

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Mistress and Muse: The Second Mrs Vaughan Williams 11:00am - 12:00pm - Saturday 17 June

Janet Tennant will talk about her biography of Ursula, the second wife of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. A difficult child and young woman, she was desperate to find a role in the literary world as a poet. Born into a peripatetic army family she married an officer and was stationed with him all around the country but escaped whenever she could to London. There she met and fell in love with Vaughan Williams, forty years her senior and married for many years to an invalid wife. The book tells how the non-musical young woman became his muse, influencing his work and sometimes collaborating with him. Janet will be interviewed by Keith Aldritt, author of the recent biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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Open Day at the Smallprint Company 11:00am - 4:00pm - Saturday 17 June

Suitable for all ages. Pop in and join The Smallprint Company to celebrate the art of the book and welcome Chrissy Stangroom's exhibition, Footprints, to The Gallery Space. Meet Chrissy , print a letterpress bookmark and browse the little letterpress shop. FREE/£2 a Bookmark.

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Dogs Don't Do Ballet: Presented by Blunderbus Theatre Company 11.30am - 12.30pm & 2.30 - 3.30pm - Saturday 17 June

For ages 3+. Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn't do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn't think he's a dog. He thinks he's a ballerina! Based on the bestselling children's book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, hand-crafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!

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A Tale To Tell 2 - 3pm & 4 - 5pm

Perfect for over 7s and their grown ups. An enchanting journey into storytelling and shadow play. Are you a spinner of stories, a teller of tales? For 1000 nights, Queen Scheherazade has told her stories of magic and adventure to the King. But now she’s run out of ideas and needs your help to finish her final story. If you’re clever and brave enough, come and meet her in her tent in the palace gardens for an enchanting journey into the world of The Arabian Nights. Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah are specialists in stimulating enquiry and exploration, using compelling stories and high quality participatory theatre made with and for children and young people.

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Debut Author - Sarah Day 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Saturday 17 June

Set in Italy in 1938, Sarah Day’s debut novel Mussolini’s Island tells the true story of a group of gay men who were imprisoned as political ‘deviants’ on the island of San Domino. In the close confines of the island the men soon realise that one of their number must have betrayed them to the authorities. Seductive, moving and full of insight into the desperate acts committed by individuals when fighting for their lives, Mussolini’s Island is a novel of sexuality and desire, and the secrets we keep locked within us.

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Shappi Khorsandi - Oh My Country! 8:00pm - 9:50pm - Saturday 17 June

This event is for 16yrs and older. Star of Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, Shappi Khorsandi is also the best-selling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English and her debut novel Nina is not OK was published in 2016. In her latest show she will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She's reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.

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Through the Week

Children’s Book Trail Friday 26 May - Sunday 18 June
FREE
Sadler Gate, DE1 3NQ

Suitable for under 12s. The Children’s Book Trail returns! Pop along to Sadlergate and see what you can find in the shop windows! Pick up your quiz sheet from participating stores and return your answers to the White Stuff shop. You could win a special prize in our Book Trail Prize Draw.

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Derby Book Festival

9 - 17 June 2017

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