We would like to wish all our subscribers a very Happy Christmas and thank you for your support for our first two Festivals.
We now have nearly 800 subscribers to our newsletter (up from around 500 last Christmas). We look forward to bringing you more news about the Festival in the New Year as we continue to develop our programme. Next year’s Festival is shaping up well and we are very excited about the authors and events we have confirmed already. We have a few gaps to fill in the programme before it goes to print in March.
Please do help us to spread the word and encourage your fellow book lovers to sign up for our Festival news.
2016 – what a year!
It’s hard to believe sometimes that we are only in our second year of existence. It’s also good to remind ourselves of what we have achieved …
- Our 2016 Festival saw an increase in ticket sales of 33%, with over 4000 tickets sold.
- We had a total of 98 events in 43 venues across the city.
- 12 events were sold out and 95% of the audience rated events as Excellent or Good.
- We published two books with Derby College’s Lexis students, who are new arrivals to the city with English as a second language.
- 59 schools attended our Primary Schools’ Meet the Author events with Lauren Child and Andy Mulligan with a total audience of over 1000.
- 1235 secondary school students attended the 12 author visits to 10 schools.
We are also delighted to have seen our support growing. In addition to our 800 subscribers we have 2272 Twitter followers, 1400 likes on Facebook and over 60 volunteers already signed up. Thank you!
Fifty Word Flash Fiction Writing competition 2017
We are delighted to announce that our Fifty Word Flash Fiction Writing competition will return in 2017, following the success of our first two competitions. We had over 300 entries for this year’s competition on the theme of ‘Secrets’ with six worthy winners. Their stories were illustrated by Kaye Lindsay, an art and design student from the University of Derby and then printed on bookmarks to promote the Festival.
We will announce the theme and launch the competition on 10 January 2017, so look out for details on our website, social media and in the local media. The closing date will be 10 February. If you haven’t had a go at Flash Fiction yet … here’s your chance!