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Derby Book Festival comes to Guildhall Theatre

Four speakers have been announced to speak at the Guildhall Theatre as part of Derby Book Festival this summer. Andy Kershaw, Professor Robert Winston, Mark Beaumont and Germaine Greer will all be heading to Derby in June to share their knowledge and stories with the Guildhall Theatre audiences. Also as part of Derby Book Festival The People’s Theatre Company will be bringing a family show There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly to the Guildhall Theatre.

On Saturday 2 June at 7:30pm the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent Andy Kershaw will be presenting his one-man show The Adventures of Andy Kershaw to the Guildhall Theatre audience. The two-hour audio-visual presentation by Kershaw will treat the audience to recollections from his life spent on the front lines of rock & roll, and on the front lines of some of the world’s most extreme and dangerous countries. Kershaw will be giving a Q&A session after his talk. Tickets for this show are available for £14. 

For adventure enthusiasts Mark Beaumont is the ideal speaker at the Derby Book Festival. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling World Record twice during his career, Beaumont now holds the 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours. His epic documentaries took viewers to over 100 countries, and now a lucky audience at the Guildhall Theatre can hear his adventures for themselves on Thursday 7 June at 7:30pm. After the talk Beaumont will be holding a Q&A session with the audience. Tickets to hear Mark Beaumont are available for just £15. 

On Sunday 3 June at 2pm families can enjoy The People Theatre Company’s production of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly at the Guildhall Theatre. This magical show was written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children. Audiences can come and relive the delights of this charming tale, complete with sing-along songs, colourful characters and heart-warming family fun for children aged 2 and above. The songs in the show including If You're Happy and You Know It, Incy Wincy Spider and many more are available to sing along to on The People's Theatre Company's website at so audiences can have a listen and join in when they visit the theatre! Tickets are available for £12.

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