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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


Shared Reading: Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

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Shared reading: I Go Down to the Shore by Mary Oliver

Me Aunty Connie

Shared Reading: Me Aunty Connie by Terry Lee

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Shared Reading: New Every Morning