Derby Book Festival

Derby Book Festival banner Bringing books to life Left Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor University of Derby at the official launch

Event date: Monday, 1 June 2015 at 9.00 AM

The first Derby Book Festival will take place this summer, featuring internationally acclaimed and best-selling authors, and confirming Derby’s reputation as a festival city.

The Festival, which will be held between June 1-7 aims to bring Derby’s residents together in a love of books and inspire a new generation of readers.

A highlight of the Festival will be bestselling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo, who will give a performance of Only Remembered: songs, stories and poetry from WW1, with Coope, Boyes and Simpson.

The Festival’s programme will include a broad range of events and activities aimed at all ages and interests from children’s book trails, storytelling and ‘Make It’ sessions to author talks, discussions, live performances, films, quizzes and workshops for budding writers.

Events will take place in venues across the city centre and in local schools and communities. It will also include events to appeal to local people with Derby-related themes – cycling, railways, football, cricket, climbing and photography.

The Festival is organised in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city. QUAD, Déda, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre, the University of Derby, Derby College, Waterstones, Intu, Marketing Derby and Derby City Council will all be hosting events.

Many of the events will be held in the Cathedral Quarter where a number of these arts venues are based. There will also be events for all primary and secondary schools with author visits and competitions.