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Events at Derby Book Festival 2017
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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 will be in conversation with James Naughtie, BBC News' Books Editor & Special Correspondent and former presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme, who returns to the Festival for the third time. After the event, follow the Fire Trail to The Silk Mill to view the Tower of London Poppies: Weeping Windows exhibition.

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Sunday 11th June

Dan Cruickshank: A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings 7:30pm - 9:20pm - Sunday 11 June
£15/£13
Guildhall Theatre/Derby LIVE, DE1 3AH

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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Tuesday 13th June

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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Saturday 17th June

Shappi Khorsandi - Oh My Country! 8:00pm - 9:50pm - Saturday 17 June
£16/£14
Guildhall Theatre/Derby LIVE, DE1 3AH

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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Derby Book Festival

9 - 17 June 2017

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