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

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

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Mark Cocker and Sarah Ward discuss 'Our Place'

Florence Nightingale at Home

Florence Nightingale at Home