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Our Autumn Edition 2021 will be held from 5 – 7 November with 10 events in QUAD and 1 event on 9 November in Derby Theatre. Tickets will go on sale in September from our Events web link or from the venues.

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The Festival’s ongoing programme to support writing and storytelling by Derby College’s Lexis students

Since 2015 Derby Book Festival’s Community programme has worked with students learning English on Derby College’s Lexis programme. These students are aged 16 to 19 and have only recently arrived in the UK. Many of them are refugees and asylum seekers. Each year, the Festival publishes a book of their stories, ably illustrated by art and design students from the College.

Every year we organise an inspirational speaker for the students and editing workshops for their writing. The stories they write for the books are about their journeys to the UK, which are often traumatic, or talk about their experiences once they arrive in Derby and start to study at Derby College. The students meet their art student illustrators to talk about their writing and agree an illustrative approach.

Of the six books so far published of Lexis student stories, three are currently available to either read or purchase on the Festival website. These are ‘Our Past Present and Future’, published in 2019, ‘Our Global Family’, published in 2020 and ‘Life on Hold’ published in 2021. Our 2018 book, ‘Small City, Big Heart’ can be read on the website, or you can listen to the stories being read by the students on individual videos. 

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 any of our Lexis books online here

If you would like to read more Lexis stories and explore other aspects of our work under the Shared Writing programme follow the links.

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Past LEXIS publications

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Our 2019 Lexis book, ‘Our Past, Present and Future’ is now available to read online. You will find more information about our work with the Lexis students in the introduction at the front and the summary section at the back of the book.

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2020 Celebration Event

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Explore our 2020 books through video, with students reading their poems and stories from our virtual Celebration Event