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Have you had a look at our programme yet? – Derby Book Festival

The Power of Politics


Two weeks of steady sales are giving us a really good idea about which events will be most popular this year.  As always politics is our most popular genre, but Brian Bilston looks likely to be the first to sell out.

We wanted to bring your attention to a few events that may have gone below the radar which we want you to know about.


Our two big names in politics: Lisa Nandy MP and Alastair Campbell are selling well but there is another political event we think may be below your radar.



Jo Cheetham: Killjoy
Friday 19 May, 7 – 8pm, QUAD


Jo Cheetham is a great example of what Alastair Campbell will be talking about: But What Can I Do?

Jo actually did what Alastair is calling us to do – she got involved with a political action which had a very positive outcome.  She first became an unwitting feminist at the age of seven, when she saw The Benny Hill Show and wondered why an old man was chasing women in bikinis around a yew tree, while everybody laughed. Later, when studying and working as a nanny in London, she saw news of an upcoming protest against the Page 3 pictorial in The Sun and decided to go along. Before she could talk herself out of it, Jo officially joined the No More Page 3 campaign team..


Over the course of the next three years, Jo protested up and down the country, attended parliament and made an unlikely group of friends of all ages, that would become her closest confidants and allies.  Hilarious, brilliantly warm and moving, Killjoy is a story of everyday people doing extraordinary things, the power of a grassroots campaign and ultimately what you can achieve when you shout a little bit louder.



If you love Wolf Hall …


… this one’s for you!

Many of us have loved reading (and viewing) Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy and were greatly saddened by her death earlier this year.

The last book she worked on was the Wolf Hall Picture Book with brothers Ben and George Miles.  Ben is a celebrated actor who played Thomas Cromwell in the West End and Broadway theatre productions of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, which Hilary Mantel closely involved with.  George is a photographer and academic at Nottingham Trent University.  One of the things that unites all three of them is that they were all raised in Derbyshire!


Working together they visited sites across London where Thomas Cromwell had trodden and the book includes excerpts from Hilary’s novels and she shares her own thoughts about the locations they visited, giving also an insight into her writing process and inspiration.

It is a unique and personal record of the shared experiences of the three of them as they worked on the book and photographs over seven years.

Join us at QUAD for what will be a fascinating – and very different – event on Thursday 25 May from 5.30 – 6.30pm.

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