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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.

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Shared Writing increases the aspirations and engagement of young people through books, words and stories

Every year we run programmes to engage young people with books through writing, illustration, stories and poems. The emphasis is on active participation with workshops, competitions, and semi-professional assignments. In 2020 we have run poetry workshops with Year 8s, a writing competition for students at Derby College and the University of Derby, a sculpture trail of ‘Readers’ by Derby College design students and a competition to help students who are studying to work in nursery and pre-school settings become better story-tellers.

Although some of these activities have been curtailed due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have still been able to publish two books in 2020, involving over 150 student writers and illustrators. You will find our 2020 Shared Writing anthology, ‘The World and Me’ below. It has poems written by pupils from Bemrose, Murray Park and St Benedict’s secondary schools, and selected entries from our Writing Competition. You can read it here or purchase a copy to have at home.

Enjoy the books from our Shared Writing and Lexis programmes and help support the young writers and illustrators whose work is featured.

Supporting the Community

Enjoy the books from our Shared Writing and Lexis programmes and help support the young writers and illustrators whose work is featured.

All proceeds from our sales go towards helping the work of Derby Book Festival, a registered charity.

Purchase our Books

You can purchase any of our Shared Writing books online here

You can read more of our books and explore other aspects of our work by following the links.

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Past Shared Writing Publications

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Read and enjoy our past Shared Writing publications, ‘Small City, Big Heart’ about Derby and ‘Writing Together’. You can also find our book of photographs of Derby College’s Broomfield Hall and listen to the student photographers from the project.

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Lexis Programme

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Find out more about our work with the Derby College Lexis Programme and read the stories written by young arrivals and refugees in our City in ‘Our Global Family: Lexis Stories’ and other past Lexis publications.