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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

More events coming soon


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