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Over 70 events on sale for Derby Book Festival 2022
By- 06 April 2022 - 09:58am
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By- 06 April 2022 - 09:58am
Tickets for over 70 events at the seventh Derby Book Festival go on sale at 10am today (Wednesday 6 April). All tickets are available online and from box offices at QUAD, Derby Theatre and Déda for events they are hosting. The Festival, which will be held from 20 – 28 May, is funded by Arts Council England and the University of Derby with sponsorship from a number of local businesses and individuals.
Highlights of this year’s Festival will include an event celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Royal Correspondent Robert Hardman and his definitive biography of HM The Queen, sponsored by Peveril Homes, an event with The Great British Sewing Bee’s Esme Young and the closing event will have a local Derbyshire flavour, featuring wine tasting with wines from Renishaw Hall led by the English Wine Project’s Kieron Atkinson, sponsored by Geldards.
There will also be special events for families at Derby Theatre during the school half term, with three of the most popular children’s authors:
Liz Fothergill, Chair of the Festival, said: “This year we hope that the Festival will see a return to near normal after the disruption of the past two years. Our venues are fully open and we are keen to encourage our audiences back to safe and welcoming events in the city’s wonderful venues.
“The programme includes our usual broad range of events and genres for all ages and interests and we are particularly excited to have three of the country’s biggest names in children’s literature.”
This year’s programme also includes:
There will also be an event for Marketing Derby bondholders with inspirational speaker, Estelle Read. Tickets are also available to the public.
Professor Kathryn Mitchell CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby, said: “As an avid reader, I know the joy that books can bring and it is wonderful that the Festival provides an opportunity for people to come together to share their love of reading and discover new authors and books.
“Broadening knowledge and challenging our ways of thinking are all key parts of university life and reading plays a crucial role in that. It can help to raise aspirations, support people to recognise and fulfil their potential, and discover new possibilities.”
Five of this year’s events, including the three children’s events at Derby Theatre, will be translated by a BSL interpreter, in partnership with Communication Unlimited.
This year’s venues include Artcore, Déda, city and community libraries, Derby College, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, Landau Forte College, QUAD and Waterstones. The Festival programme will be available from all Festival venues, as well all libraries and tourist offices. The Festival is organised in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city, including Marketing Derby.
Tickets can be booked online at www.derbybookfestival.co.uk or in person or by phone at QUAD, Derby Theatre and Déda for the events they are hosting.
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