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Important News

We are currently planning a hybrid Festival with a mix of live, live streamed, recorded and virtual events from 27 May – 5 June 2021. If the government’s Roadmap goes to plan and the four conditions are met, our venues will start to reopen from 17 May and we plan to host live Festival events.

Tickets on sale 16 April

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Shared Reading Poetry Quiz

How good is your poetry knowledge? On National Poetry Day, have a go at our Shared Reading Poetry quiz to find out!

Shared Reading Poetry Quiz

1st October 2020

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Celebrating National Poetry Day

Thursday 1 October is National Poetry Day and we'll be celebrating with activities both online and in the community

Celebrating National Poetry Day

26th September 2020

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Congratulations to our Flash Fiction winners

We received 539 entries across three age categories in this year’s Flash Fiction writing competition on the theme ‘Home’.

Congratulations to our Flash Fiction winners

7th July 2020

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DBF Quiz 2020

Our annual Festival Book Quiz returns!

DBF Quiz 2020

5th June 2020

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Working with Illustration Students at the University of Derby

This year, we worked with students on the University of Derby Illustration course to illustrate our Festival programme. Derby Book Festival Director Vicky Daws...

Working with Illustration Students at the University of Derby

28th May 2020

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Pop Up Poems

Spread the joy of poetry across Derby and beyond with our PopUp Poems!

Pop Up Poems

26th May 2020

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Book-related activities for children

Inspire and entertain your children with these brilliant book-related activities. Let their imaginations run wild!

Book-related activities for children

18th May 2020

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What we're reading: Festival co-founder Sian Hoyle

While we all stay at home, we've been asking members of the DBF team which books they've been reading and, in some cases, re-reading. This week Festival co-foun...

What we're reading: Festival co-founder Sian Hoyle

18th May 2020

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Could Shared Reading help someone you know?

Would you or your group like to take part in a Shared Reading Session?

Could Shared Reading help someone you know?

11th May 2020