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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.

All tickets now on sale!

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2020 Community Event

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A video celebration of the young people who were involved in our 2020 publications, ‘The World and Me’ and ‘Our Global Family’.

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Shared Reading

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Shared Reading increases well-being by connecting people in a range of settings to share, listen and talk about poems and stories

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Shared Writing

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Creative programmes for young people across the city, encouraging engagement with books, stories and words in many different ways.

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The Lexis Programme

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Books of stories written by young arrivals and refugees studying English on the Derby College Lexis programme



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Each year we organise Meet the Author events for all Derby’s primary & secondary schools, inspiring them to love books and reading