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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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Derby Book Festival Event Listings

By - 29 April 2021 - 09:54am

See below for a full list of events taking place at this year's Derby Book Festival

This year Derby Book Festival is delighted to present a hybrid programme of events including in-person, live streamed, and outdoors options for the whole family. Please see below to view the event listings in full and download a PDF of the programme.

27 May

John Preston: Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell, Derby Theatre, @ 3pm Live stream or in-person tickets available

James Naughtie: On the Road: American Adventures from Nixon to Trump, Derby Theatre, @ 7.30pm Live stream or in-person tickets available

28 May

Walk with Dogs - Helen Mort: Never Leave the Dog Behind, Darley Park @ 2pm

Writing Real Women: Tracy Bloom & Laura Jane Williams, Déda @ 6pm

Jon McGregor: Lean Fall Stand, virtual event only @ 7.30pm

29 May

Free Family Day at the Park, Darley Park, tickets available from 29 April

Debut Authors: Jane Bettany: In Cold Blood/Helen Cooper: The Downstairs Neighbour, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College) @ 10am

John Kampfner: Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country, Derby Theatre, @ 11am live stream or in-person tickets available

Christian Wolmar: Cathedrals of Steam, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 12.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Lucy McRobert: 365 Days Wild, Darley Abbey Village Hall @ 1.45pm

Monique Roffey: The Mermaid of Black Conch, Derby Theatre, @ 2pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Alison Weir: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 3.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Christie Watson: The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion, Derby Theatre, @ 5pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Shaun Bythell: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 6.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Jasper Rees: Let's Do it: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood, Derby Theatre, @ 8pm live stream or in-person tickets available

30 May

Roger Morgan-Grenville: Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey/Shearwater, Darley Abbey Village Hall @ 10.30am

Debut Author: Rebecca Watson: little scratch, Darley Abbey Village Hall @ 12.30pm

Peter Ross: A Tomb With a View, Derby Cathedral @ 2pm

Brian Bilston: Alexa, what is there to know about love? Derby Theatre, @ 3.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Ben Aitken & Helen Moat: Travels with my Elders … and Youngers, Darley Abbey Village Hall @ 5pm

Val McDermid, virtual event only @ 7.30pm

31 May

Free Family Day at the Park, Arboretum Park, tickets available from 29 April

Andrew Lownie: The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 1pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Shrabani Basu: The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 3.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Alternative Crime: Russ Thomas & Alex Reeve, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 5.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Polly Samson: A Theatre for Dreamers with music from Dave Gilmour, virtual event only @ 7.30pm

1 June

Free Family Day at the Park, Markeaton Park, tickets available from 29 April

Duncan Campbell-Smith: Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, the Genius of the Jet Revolution, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 11am live stream or in-person tickets available

Patricia Fara: Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science, and Serendipity, Derby Art Gallery & Museum – arrive early to visit the Joseph Wright of Derby collection @ 5pm

Creating Historical Fiction: Natasha Pulley & Lucy Jago, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 6.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason: House of Music with Aminata and Konya (violin and piano), Derby Theatre, @ 7.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

2 June

Free Family Day at the Park, Sinfin Moor Park, tickets available from 29 April

Richard Bates & Jonathan Memel: Florence Nightingale at Home, Gallery 1, Derby Art Gallery & Museum @ 11am

Afternoon Tea: Francesca Wade: Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars, tickets available from 29 April, Museum of Making, @ 3pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Mary Lawson: A Town Called Solace, virtual event only @ 6pm

Book Festival Quiz, tickets available from 29 April @ 6.30pm

3 June

Free Family Day at the Park, Alvaston Park, tickets available from 29 April

Marketing Derby Bondholders' Event: Andrew Wallas: Business Alchemy, 9am @ Museum of Making, live stream tickets available

Festival Lunch with Anna Pasternak: The American Duchess: The Real Wallis Simpson, tickets available from 29 April, 12 noon @ Museum of Making, live stream or in-person tickets available

Cloudspotting with Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Day1), Darley Park @ 4pm

Matthew Parris: Fracture: Trauma, Success, and the Origins of Greatness, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 6.15pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Hollie McNish: Slug, Derby Theatre, Live stream or in-person tickets available @ 8pm

4 June

Cloudspotting with Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Day 2), Darley Park @ 10am

Morning Coffee: Helen Lewis: Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights, tickets available from 29 April, 10.30am @ Museum of Making, live stream or in-person tickets available

Afternoon Tea: Pen Vogler: Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain, tickets available from 29 April, 2.30pm @ Museum of Making, live stream or in-person tickets available

Gothic Panel with Stuart Turton, Catriona Ward & Sarah Ward, Derby Theatre, @ 6pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Claire Wilcox: Patch Work: A Life Amongst Clothes, 6.30pm @ Museum of Making, live stream or in-person tickets available

5 June

Jane Porter Collage Workshop : The Boy Who Loved Everyone, Déda, Studio 1 @ 10.30am

Debut Author: Abigail Dean - Girl A, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 10.30am live stream or in-person tickets available

Mark Cocker: Birdwatching Walk, Willington Gravel Pits @ 11am

Kate Summerscale: The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story, Carriage Shop Theatre (Derby College), @ 1pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Jane Porter Collage Workshop: Tiny Penguins and the New Baby, Déda, Studio 1 @ 2pm

Mark Cocker - A Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes from a Small Planet, Darley Abbey Village Hall @ 3pm

Jane Porter Collage Workshop: The Boy Who Loved Everyone, Déda, Studio 1 @ 4pm

Iain Dale: The Prime Ministers: 55 Leaders, 55 Authors, 300 Years of History, Derby Theatre, @ 4.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Jon Sopel: UnPresidented: Politics, Pandemics and the Race That Trumped All Others, Derby Theatre, @ 7.30pm live stream or in-person tickets available

Download a PDF of the programme here.

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