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Important News

Due to Covid-19 we have had to postpone our Festival, scheduled for 29 May- 6 June 2020, but we are committed to bringing you an extended and extensive Autumn Edition. If you would like to see what we were planning for the Festival, you can take a look at our proposed Festival programme

Our planned Festival programme

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What we're reading: Festival co-founder Jenny Denton

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 Jenny Denton

11th May 2020

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What we're reading: Festival Director Vicky Dawson copy

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 Directo...

What we're reading: Festival Director Vicky Dawson copy

4th May 2020

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Flash Fiction Competition

Our 2020 Flash Fiction Competition is now closed.

Flash Fiction Competition

4th May 2020

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Derby Children’s Picture Book Award 2020 announced

The winner of the second Derby Children’s Picture Book Award is announced today (1 May) and is Brian the Brave by Paul Stewart and Jane Porter, published by Ott...

Derby Children’s Picture Book Award 2020 announced

1st May 2020

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DBF is going digital!

We are launching our DBF at home series this week. The first video will be published on YouTube on Friday 1 May.

DBF is going digital!

30th April 2020

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The nearly 2020 Festival Programme

So near … yet so far! We were so very close to inviting you to our 2020 Festival, but have been forced to cancel due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We do hope you w...

The nearly 2020 Festival Programme

22nd April 2020

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The Second Derby Children’s Picture Book Award

We launched the Award in 2019, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Deborah Fern. Children in Years 2 & 3 in eight Derby schools have voted for their favourite...

The Second Derby Children’s Picture Book Award

22nd April 2020

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We’ll be at the Big Book Weekend!

We’ve had some exciting news – one of our events will be included in the Big Book Weekend on 8 – 10 May, as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine! We submitt...

We’ll be at the Big Book Weekend!

22nd April 2020