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Derby Book Festival 3-11 June

The Festival, which will be held from 3 to 11 June, will include over 70 events and activities in venues across the city. Highlights of this year’s Festival will include the Opening Event, with the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, plus bestselling authors Tracy Chevalier, Louis de Bernières, Joan Bakewell, actor and writer Simon Callow, broadcaster Stuart Maconie, historian and historical novelist Alison Weir, Booker shortlisted author Sunjeev Sahota, debut author Joanna Cannon, David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, and BBC Radio 4’s James Naughtie. 

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The Festival’s programme includes a broad range of events and activities aimed at all ages and interests. Events will take place in venues across the city centre, in local schools, libraries and communities and in the Market Place. There will be an expanded programme for children and families on Saturday 4 June with author Andy Cope appearing at two events in QUAD, illustration workshops and a Bringing Books to Life event in the Market Place with pavement art, street theatre, storytelling in the Yurt, mural painting and Derby Shakespeare Company performing on a Trent Barton Bus.


Liz Fothergill, Chair of the Festival, said: “Last year’s Festival was such a great success but we feel this year’s programme is even better with a wider range of events, authors and activities to appeal to new audiences. In particular we have more for children and families and a wealth of events with a local Derby element, including local history and architecture, railways, birding and the Cathedral peregrines, cricket, cycling and real ale.”


The Festival programme will be available from all Festival venues, which include QUAD, Déda, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Guildhall Theatre, Derby Theatre, Derby Cathedral, WEA and from all libraries and tourist offices. The Festival is organised in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city.
Tickets can be booked online at or in person or by phone at QUAD.

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