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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

Autumn Events Coming Soon


During lockdown the Festival team has been busy recording interviews with some of the authors scheduled to join us

Our DBF at home series have been recorded thanks to the generous support of the authors and interviewers who have given their time for free.

The interviews represent a cross-section of the 105 events we had planned for our sixth Festival. We hope it gives you a flavour of the breadth of our Festival programme, which includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction and a range of children’s events. You can see the programme in full on our Events page – it sadly never went to print.

The series aims to keep the joy of books and reading alive and to entertain our Festival audience in the absence of a ‘live’ Festival to attend. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future and bring books to life again in Derby.

DBF at Home

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Mark Cocker and Sarah Ward discuss 'Our Place'

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Andrew Wallas shares Business Alchemy - a radical new approach to transforming business

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Vicky Dawson interviews writer Laura Thompson about her book 'Take Six Girls'

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Vicky Dawson interviews writer Laura Thompson about her book 'The Last Landlady'

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Author Ben Aitken with Producer/Director Charlie Slade: Books & storytelling during COVID19

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Marion Dunn talks to Sue Wall about her book 'The Boxing Diaries'

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Welcome to DBF at Home with DBF chair Liz Fothergill

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Interview with Derby Children's Book Award Winners - author Paul Stewart & illustrator Jane Porter

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Roger Morgan-Grenville talks to fellow beekeeper Sue Wall about his book 'Liquid Gold'

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Author Colin Grant speaks to Vicky Dawson about his book 'Homecoming'

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Susan Elliot-Wright and Russ Thomas discuss Russ' debut crime novel 'Firewatching'

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Shared Reading: Hope is the Thing With Feathers