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Derby Book Festival 2019

31 May
08 Jun 2019
Derby Book Festival 2019

31 May – 8 June 2019

The fifth Derby Book Festival returns with nine jam-packed days and another great programme featuring bestselling authors, international speakers and award-winning performers. There’s something for everyone with poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.  The Festival aims to bring together Derby residents in a love of books and to inspire a new generation of readers.

QUAD will be the venue for many of this year’s events again and will be the main Festival box office.  

Find out more and book your tickets today at: 

You can book the following events through QUAD: 

Friday 31 May 

•    Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him
•    Bess of Hardwick
•    Celebrating Norway

Saturday 1 June

•    Workshop: The Lost Art of Letterwriting
•    Routes into Publishing
•    Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre
•    Samantha Shannon
•    Workshop: Ghost Writing
•    Rachel Reeves: Women of Westminster
•    James Runcie: The Road to Grantchester
•    Political commentator, Paul Mason
•    Dolly Alderton: Everything I Know About Love
•    Patrick Gale, Melissa Harrison & The Bookshop Band

Monday 3 June

•    Cream Tea with Griselda Kerr: The Apprehensive Gardener
•    Crime has its Place: Stephen Booth, T M Logan & K L Slater
•    Markus Zusak 
•    Susan Calman

Tuesday 4 June

•    Professor Steve Peters:  Managing the Mind
•    Workshop: Introduction To Creative Writing
•    Debut Author: Anne Griffin – When All is Said
•    Vaseem Khan
•    The Lady Killers
•    Philippa Perry: The Book you Wish your Parents had Read

Wednesday 5 June

•    In conversation with cricketer Graeme Fowler
•    Afternoon Tea with Clare Hunter: The Threads of Life
•    Starry Night: Van Gogh at The Asylum
•    Joanna Courtney – Blood Queen
•    How to Give up Plastic

Thursday 6 June

•    Mother: An Unconventional History
•    When the Dogs Don’t Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s Search for the Truth
•    Victoria Hislop

Friday 7 June

•    Life, Happiness and Everything
•    Festival Lunch with Rory Stewart MP (booking by phone only)
•    Debut Author: Elizabeth Macneal – The Doll Factory
•    Simon Jenkins

Saturday 8 June

•    Workshop: Travel Writing with Helen Moat
•    Debut Author: Laura Shepherd-Robinson – Blood and Sugar
•    Workshop:  Journalism
•    Dragons and Wizards with Cressida Cowell
•    Debut Author: Bridget Collins – The Binding
•    Henry Normal: A Normal Family: Everyday adventures with our autistic son
•    Alison Weir: Anna of Kleve
•    Done Deal: An Insider’s  Guide to the Business of Football
•    Henry Normal: Poetry 

Please Note: Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, unless an event is cancelled.
Please arrive in good time for the event. Seating in the majority of venues is first come, first served. We reserve the right to deny entry to any latecomers.
Most Festival events last approximately one hour, with a 45 minute author talk/interview and reading, followed by a 15 minute Q&A with the audience.  At most events we have a book stall plus author signing after the event.