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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!


This year we have published two books of students’ writings and illustrations, ‘The World and Me’ and ‘Our Global Family: Lexis Stories’

Our Shared Writing programme works with young writers and illustrators to encourage their engagement with books and words. Our two 2020 books showcase the work of 150 young people from across the city. ‘The World and Me’ includes poems by Year 8 pupils from Bemrose, St Benedict’s and Murray Park secondary schools and stories by our writing competition entrants from Derby College and the University of Derby. ‘Our Global Family’ is the fifth book of stories written by Derby College Lexis students - 16 – 18-year-old new arrivals in the UK, many of them refugees, who are learning English for the first time. The students write about the journeys from their home countries and their new lives in Derby once they arrive.

To celebrate the students’ achievements, we held a ‘virtual’ celebration in July with readings by students and commentary from their teachers, together with a look at some of the wonderful illustrations from the books. You can watch the full event or videos on the individual programmes below.

Explore our 2020 books and past publications

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Shared Writing Publications

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If you want to learn more about our Shared Writing programme and order copies of our books or read them online, including ‘The World and Me’.

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LEXIS Publications

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If you want to know more about our work with the Derby College Lexis Programme and read ‘Our Global Family: Lexis Stories’ or other past Lexis publications.


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World and Me

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Global Family