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Turning the Page: Five Years of Derby Book Festival

Thursday 16 May until Saturday 27 July 2019

In just five years Derby Book Festival has established itself as the largest and most successful literature festival…

Telling Tales Trail

9:00am - 5:00pm - Saturday 25 May

Join us for a trail of tales around the Museum.  Some well-loved books have been hidden around the…

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Wednesday 10th April

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Friday 31st May

Family Friday: My Favourite Books

10:00am - 11:30am - Friday 31 May

In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.  This May Half…

Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him - Tracy Borman

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Friday 31 May

In Tracy Borman’s new biography of Henry VIII, she casts light on the men who surrounded him, revealing…

Create Your own Happy

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Friday 31 May

Based on her book Create Your Own Happy, join author Becky Goddard-Hill for a fun, interactive session aimed…

Bess of Hardwick - Kate Hubbard

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Friday 31 May

Next to Queen Elizabeth I, Bess of Hardwick was one of the richest and most powerful women in…


Around the World in 80 Trains

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Friday 31 May

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed…

Celebrating Norway

8:00pm - 9:30pm - Friday 31 May

Join us for a special evening looking at the best of Norwegian literature with a UK preview of…

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Saturday 1st June

The Lost Art of Letter Writing Workshop

10:00am - 1:00pm - Saturday 1 June

In an age of email and instant messaging, letter writing is almost a lost art, reserved for sentimental…

Routes into Publishing

10:30am - 11:30am - Saturday 1 June

I did it my way! Join three authors: Lucy Foley, Rachel Abbott and Tracy Bloom who will explain…

How the Borks Became

11:00am - 12:00pm - Saturday 1 June

Borks live on a planet quite like our own Earth. They have shaggy yellow fur and long thin…

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Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre

11:30am - 12:30pm - Saturday 1 June

Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the country was suffering famine and chronic unemployment. In August 1819,…

Samantha Shannon

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Saturday 1 June

Internationally best-selling author of The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon has acquired a loyal following of readers who love…

Ghost Writing Workshop with John Woodhouse

2:00pm - 5:00pm - Saturday 1 June

Learn more about how Ghost Writing works with an insight into the industry and interactive activities which will…



2:00pm - 3:00pm - Saturday 1 June

Scavengers is a Young Adult novel tackling the big questions: What do you believe? What happens when you…

Rachel Reeves: Women of Westminster: The MPs who changed politics

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Saturday 1 June

In the past 100 years, a total of 489 women have been elected to Parliament. Yet it was…

James Runcie: The Road to Grantchester

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Saturday 1 June

The Road to Grantchester is the captivating prequel to the treasured Grantchester series following the life, loves and…

Paul Mason: Clear Bright Future

4:30pm - 5:30pm - Saturday 1 June

£20 (includes a free copy of his new book, Clear Bright Future, R.R.P. £20) Former Channel 4 Economics…

Dolly Alderton

4:30pm - 5:30pm - Saturday 1 June

Please note the time of this event has changed from 6.30pm. Author, journalist, broadcaster and podcaster, Dolly Alderton’s…

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'History is Horrible' Sleepover

7pm Sat 1 June - 8am Sunday 2 June

Celebrating the Horrible Histories books, join us at the Museum and Art Gallery for a blast into the…

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Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg!

7:30pm - 8:30pm - Saturday 1 June

(An additional £1.25 is payable for bookings by phone or in person.) Actor, author, BBC One Show reporter,…

Patrick Gale, Melissa Harrison and The Bookshop Band

8:00pm - 9:30pm - Saturday 1 June

A special evening of books and music. Best selling novelist Patrick Gale will join us to talk about…

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Sunday 2nd June

Sunday Takeover

Derby Book Festival Takeover Day Pass tickets are available for £25 per day. A day ticket permits entry for one person to all events (except Festival Book Quiz) at the Derby Book Festival Sunday Takeover, subject to availability. To guarantee availability for specific events, day ticket holder must book onto the individual events to reserve a place. Please call Déda Box Office 01332 370911 to reserve a place. Day pass holders will receive a free goody bag including books by Festival authors.

Derby Book Festival: Takeover 10am – 8pm

10:00am - 8:00pm - Sunday 2 June

£25 for a day pass (excluding Festival Book Quiz) Derby Book Festival takes over Déda again! Join us…

Sunday Papers

10:00am - 10:55am - Sunday 2 June

£4 (inc. coffee & croissant) Kick off your Sunday with a relaxed look at the Sunday news as…

Refugee Tales with Patrick Gale and Marina Lewycka

11:00am - 11:55am - Sunday 2 June

As a City of Sanctuary, Derby has a long tradition of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers. The third…

Family Film: Matilda

11:00am - 2:00pm - Sunday 2 June

Join us in the Carriage Shop Theatre at the Roundhouse for a themed family film screening of Matilda,…

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Sophie Draper

11:30am - 12:25pm - Sunday 2 June

Sophie’s first book, Cuckoo, is a gothic psychological thriller set in the wintry landscape of rural Derbyshire. It…

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Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades

12:00pm - 12:55pm - Sunday 2 June

Until its closure in 2016, HM Prison Holloway was western Europe's largest women's prison. First built in 1852…

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The Diary of a Bookseller - Shaun Bythell and The Bookshop Band

1:00pm - 1:55pm - Sunday 2 June

In his wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun Bythell takes an insider’s look at the trials and tribulations of…


Helen Mort: Black Car Burning

1:30pm - 2:25pm - Sunday 2 June

We welcome back Helen Mort, best known for her award winning poetry, to talk about her brilliant debut…

Alison Smith MBE: The Sewing Book

2:00pm - 2:55pm - Sunday 2 June

Alison is internationally renowned in the sewing world and runs The School of Sewing in Ashby de la…

Riding in the Zone Rouge: Cycling’s Toughest-ever Stage Race

3:00pm - 3:55pm - Sunday 2 June

Tom Isitt tells the true story of the toughest bicycle race ever staged: the Circuit des Champs de…

A Farmer's Diary: Sally Urwin

3:30pm - 4:25pm - Sunday 2 June

A Farmer's Diary reveals the highs, lows and hard, hard work involved in making a living from the…

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Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood

4:00pm - 4:55pm - Sunday 2 June

Spanning science and politics, stories and global epidemics, Rose George’s Nine Pints takes us from ancient practices of…

Alison Smith MBE: Hand Stitching Workshop

4:00pm - 4:55pm - Sunday 2 June

Alison will be running a hands-on sewing session. By using a few simple stitches and some fabric Alison…

It’s a Crime!

5:00pm - 5:55pm - Sunday 2 June

John Harvey, A A Dhand and Fran Dorricott In a change to our original line-up, Mark Billingham has…

Debut Author: Laura Shepherd-Robinson

5:30pm - 6:25pm - Sunday 2 June

Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s debut novel takes us to the murky politics of the 18th century slave trade in this…

Festival Book Quiz

6:30pm - 8:30pm - Sunday 2 June

£36 for teams of 6 people The Festival Book Quiz returns to Déda with more questions to keep…

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Monday 3rd June

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The Apprehensive Gardener

2:30pm - 4:00pm - Monday 3 June

Free off road parking is available behind St Mary's Church. Ticket includes tea/coffee, scone, jam & cream. Please…

Crime has its Place with Stephen Booth, T M Logan & K L Slater

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Monday 3 June

Forget Robin Hood and put those ancient rivalries between Derby and Nottingham aside as three of Nottinghamshire's most…

Poetry with Rupinder Kaur & Nafeesa Hamid

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Monday 3 June

Rupinder Kaur is a Birmingham born Panjabi poet whose 2018 debut collection, Rooh transcends borders and arbitrary boundaries.…

Markus Zusak

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Monday 3 June

We are delighted to welcome Australian author, Markus Zusak, on a rare visit to the UK.  12 years…

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Susan Calman

8:30pm - 10:00pm - Monday 3 June

Susan Calman enchanted us all with her enthusiasm for dance during Strictly Come Dancing 2017! Cheer Up Love,…

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Tuesday 4th June

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Professor Steve Peters: Managing the Mind Marketing Derby Breakfast Event

9:00am - 10:30am - Tuesday 4 June

£8 (includes breakfast) Marketing Derby Event - Understanding the neuroscience of the mind can improve the quality of…

Out of the Box

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Tuesday 4 June

Out of the Box is part of a three-year arts programme, working with people at Growing Lives in…

Introduction to Creative Writing

2:00pm - 5:00pm - Tuesday 4 June

If you've always wondered how your favourite writers do it, or how you can start getting that idea…

Debut Author: Anne Griffin, When All is Said

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Tuesday 4 June

£5 (£10 if all 3 debut authors booked) Anne Griffin’s debut novel takes us to the bar of…

Vaseem Khan

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Tuesday 4 June

Vaseem Khan is the author of the bestselling Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series featuring Indian detective Ashwin Chopra…

Edward Lear's Stuff and Nonsense

7:30pm - 9:10pm - Tuesday 4 June

£12 (Under 16s £10) Enjoy an audience with Mr Edward Lear, King of the Nonsense Rhyme and Loopy…

The Lady Killers

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Tuesday 4 June

Book through QUAD £7 Join highly acclaimed authors CJ Tudor (author of The Chalk Man, and The Taking…

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The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read: Philippa Perry

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Tuesday 4 June

A must for any parent! The most influential relationships are between parents and children. Yet for so many…

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Wednesday 5th June

In Conversation with Graeme Fowler

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Wednesday 5 June

In Mind Over Batter, former Test batsman, commentator and coach Graeme Fowler looks into all facets of the…

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Afternoon Tea with Clare Hunter: Threads of Life

3:00pm - 5:00pm - Wednesday 5 June

Tables of 10. Ticket includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival and Afternoon Tea with a selection of…

Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Wednesday 5 June

Free parking is available on site at Landau Forte College. Vincent Van Gogh spent a year in an…

Joanna Courtney: Blood Queen

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Wednesday 5 June

Cold, ruthless, deadly, the myth of Lady Macbeth looms large. But behind the villainous portrait stands a real…

Strictly Sherlock

7:30pm - 9:10am - Wednesday 5 June

£12 (Under 16s £10) Age guidance 11+ After the terrific success of The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, Don't…

How to Give Up Plastic - Will McCallum

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Wednesday 5 June

Free parking is available on site at Landau Forte College. As Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK, Will…

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Thursday 6th June

Mother: An Unconventional History - Sarah Knot

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Thursday 6 June

Book through Festival Box Office at QUAD In what is probably the first historical analysis of motherhood, acclaimed…

When the Dogs Don’t Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s Search for the Truth

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Thursday 6 June

Book through Festival Box Office at QUAD With ever-more sophisticated and powerful techniques at their disposal, forensic scientists…

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Victoria Hislop: Those Who Are Loved

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Thursday 6 June

Best-selling author Victoria Hislop's latest novel is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece in…

Commemorating D-Day

7:30pm - 10:00pm - Thursday 6 June

75 years ago, on 6 June 1944, the greatest seaborne invasion in history took place. D-Day saw an…

Hollie McNish

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Thursday 6 June

£7 For 14+. Contains strong language and adult humour Hollie McNish, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for…

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Friday 7th June

Tots Make and Do: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

10:00am - 11:30am - Friday 7 June

FREE - Give what you think A morning of fun celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Eric Carle’s beloved…

Life, Happiness and Everything and Mindfulness Workshop

10:30am - 1:00pm - Friday 7 June

Book at QUAD Join us for a morning of mindfulness. The event starts with a one-hour mindfulness session…

Festival Lunch with Rory Stewart MP

11:30am - 2:30pm - Friday 7 June

Tables of 10. Ticket includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, a two-course lunch (vegetarian option) with wine,…

Debut Author: Elizabeth Macneal - The Doll Factory

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Friday 7 June

£5 (£10 if all 3 debut authors booked) An intoxicating tale of art, obsession and possession, Elizabeth Macneal’s…

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Simon Jenkins

4:30pm - 5:30pm - Friday 7 June

Sir Simon Jenkins is a British author, newspaper columnist and editor. Formerly the editor of the Times, Jenkins…

Melvyn Bragg

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Friday 7 June

Broadcaster, author and parliamentarian, Melvyn Bragg (Lord Bragg of Wigton) has been at the forefront of arts, culture…

Genre Fluid with Dan Webber

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Friday 7 June

Genre Fluid is the culmination of three years of writing, touring and performing at various events and festivals…


Iestyn Edwards: My Tutu went AWOL

8:30pm - 10:00pm - Friday 7 June

On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Iestyn Edwards, Bass Baritone, sang at the naval supper…

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Saturday 8th June

Travel Writing Workshop with Helen Moat

10:00am - 1:00pm - Saturday 8 June

This fun and interactive workshop will help to provide participants with the tools and skills required to break…

Family Day: A Day of Dragons

10:00am - 4:00pm - Saturday 8 June

This year’s Derby Book Festival Family Day has an exciting Dragon theme to celebrate author Cressida Cowell’s wonderful…

Derby Book Festival Book Fair

10:30am - 3:30pm - Saturday 8 June

The Book Fair returns in a new venue: The Museum at the Wardwick. Discover stories old and new,…

Dan Walker: Sky Thieves

11:00am - 12:00pm - Saturday 8 June

Meet Zoya DeLarose, who embarks upon a life-changing adventure when she wakes up aboard a flying skyship. With…


Gunnar Staalesen on Nordic Noir

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Saturday 8 June

Over the last decade, Nordic Noir has dominated global bestseller lists; renowned for its simple prose, dramatic plots,…

Journalism Workshop with Faisal Shafi

2:00pm - 5:00pm - Saturday 8 June

Faisal Shafi, the Managing Editor of DESIblitz, a multi-award winning British Asian web magazine, will lead this workshop…

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Debut Author: Bridget Collins: The Binding

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Saturday 8 June

£5 (£10 if all 3 debut authors booked) The Binding is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love…

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Cressida Cowell: Dragons and Wizards

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Saturday 8 June

For 7+ with their grown-ups Meet multi-million-copy selling, award-winning author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train…

A Normal Family: Everyday adventures with our autistic son

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Saturday 8 June

Johnny is twenty. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - in…

Alison Weir: Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets

4:30pm - 5:30pm - Saturday 8 June

Best-selling historian, Alison Weir, returns with her fourth novel in the highly acclaimed Six Tudor Queens series: Anna…

Done Deal: An Insider's Guide to the Business of Football

5:45pm - 7:00pm - Saturday 8 June

£8 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits) In Done Deal, Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey lifts the lid on the…

Poetry: Henry Normal

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Saturday 8 June

Join Henry Normal for a night of poetry as he performs Swallowing the Entire Ocean, his latest poetry…

Closing Event: A Night of Circus and Cabaret

7:30pm - 10:00pm - Saturday 8 June

For ages 14+ May contain partial nudity and explicit language Roll up … roll up! Come and help…

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