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Women’s Prize 2018 shortlistees at Derby Book Festival

28th April 2018

Women’s Prize 2018
We have not one, but two of this year’s shortlisted authors attending our Festival this year!  The winner will be announced on 6 June, a few days after Imogen Hermes Gowar joins us for her event in QUAD on Saturday 2 June.  Her debut novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, is a spellbinding story combining curiosity, love and obsession in Georgian London.

On Saturday 9 June, we are delighted to welcome Meena Kandasamy (pictured above) for the Jhalak Prize Panel event.  She was also shortlisted for the Jhalak earlier this year.  Meena’s second novel, When I Hit You, has been described as lyrically poetic, unflinching and thrillingly paced.  It lifts the lid on cultural constrictions and traditional family values in contemporary India.

Last chance for Robert Winston … and a few others
Don’t miss out!  There are just a few tickets left now for Professor Robert Winston’s event at the Guildhall Theatre on Tuesday 5 June.

Tickets are also going fast for two events at Derby Museum and Art Gallery: James Hamilton on Gainsborough: A Portrait on Saturday 2 June and Margaret Willes on The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn on Wednesday 6 June.

Derby Film Festival
If you really can’t wait for our Festival to start, console yourself with the Derby Film Festival, which has two screenings which we feel sure you will love:

  • the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach on Friday 11 May at 6.30pm
  • The Bookshop, starring Emily Mortimer on Saturday 12 May at 7pm.

Focus on Business and Politics
For the past three years, Festival events featuring politicians have proved to be the most popular events each year with Roy Hattersley, Ken Livingstone and Alan Johnson all being sold out.

This year is no exception: our Opening Event with Ken Clarke in  conversation with Alan Johnson has sold out in Derby Theatre, twice the capacity of the Sir John Hurt Cinema in QUAD where we’ve held the previous two events!

But there are a few more gems to enjoy if you are interested in business and politics …

  • In Behold America, academic, author and political commentator, Sarah Churchwell confronts the question: What does America stand for in the 21st century?  What do the ‘American Dream’ and ‘America First’ tell us about America’s idea of itself?
  • Each year we hold a breakfast event with Marketing Derby Bondholders at the University of Derby, inviting a business or management leader to inspire us!  This year, Sir John Timpson CBE, chairman and owner of Timpsons joins us on Tuesday 5 June.  He has a weekly management column in The Daily Telagraph and has written several books about his management style.  Ticket also includes breakfast, served from 8am!
  • BBC reporter and former Foreign Correspondent, Emma Jane Kirby’s prize winning reports for Radio 4’s PM on the migrant crisis led her to write The Optician of LampedusaIt tells the story of one man’s boat trip which turned into a tragic rescue mission.  As Waterstones’ Book of the Month in November 2016, it raised £56,000 for Oxfam.  Emma Jane joins us on Friday 8 June.
  • 2018 marks the centenary of (some) women being given the right to vote.  Helen Pankurst, great-grandaughter of Emmeline and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, will talk about Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now on, what we are billing as, Feminist Friday on 8 June
  • Imagine being condemned to death for murder, when even the prosecutors admit that you didn’t actually kill anyone.   On Sunday 3 June, Sky News reporter and former East Midlands Today presenter, Ian Woods talks about how this has happened to Richard Glossip, a death-row inmate.  Despite being convicted on the word of the actual self-confessed killer, the state of Oklahoma is still intent on executing him.

We hope you find plenty of events to interest you here!

Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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