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Tickets on sale for Derby Book Festival’s first Spring Collection

Tickets are on sale from today, Monday 22 January, for Derby Book Festival’s first Spring Collection.  It will be held from Thursday 29 February to Monday 4 March with 16 book-related events in venues across the city including QUAD, Artcore and Derby Museums.  This will be the first of three Festivals that will be presented by Derby Book Festival in 2024 offering year-round events for their audiences.  They are all funded by Arts Council England and the University of Derby with sponsorship from several local businesses and individuals.  

Tickets are available from the Festival website: which also contains full details of all the events.  You can book tickets for all events to be hosted by QUAD online and from their box office either in-person or by telephone.  Tickets for events at Artcore and Derby Museums can only be booked online.

The Festival includes a range of genres with something for all ages and interests including:

One of the Festival’s most popular topics: politics, with Lord Simon McDonald on Beyond Britannia, former Ambassador to Germany and Head of the Diplomatic Service, and Peter Apps on the history of NATO  
Football with journalist Jonathan Wilson talking about the lives of Bobby and Jackie Charlton
The Guardian Long Read journalist Sophie Elmhirst on the amazing story of Derby couple Maurice and Maralyn who, in the 1970s, decided to build their own boat and sail to New Zealand.  Disaster struck after their boat was struck by a whale and they were cast adrift for 118 days
Fiction with novelists Stef Penney on The Beasts of Paris and local Derbyshire author Joanne Burn on The Bone Hunters
Tea with historian Amy Boyington discussing her latest book Hidden Patrons, examining the forgotten influence of women on 18th century architecture
The Great British Bake Off 2020 finalist and now podcaster, Laura Adlington on her inspiring book, Diet Starts Monday in which she explores body confidence
Ashley Franklin presents a photographic celebration of The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, a book produced with Ian Daisley and commissioned by the Arkwright Society and including contributions from over 50 photographers
And children will be introduced to pilates with Charlotte J Marsh, who will share her book, Susie Sloth and her Secret Superpower.

There will also be an event on Friday 23 February with sports psychologist, Dr Josephine Perry, organised in partnership with Marketing Derby who sponsor this event. This is aimed at Marketing Derby bondholders but tickets are also available to the general public.  

Following the success of the FREE CivicLAB events at the summer Festival, University of Derby academics will present five more events each morning from 10.30 – 11.30am at Artcore to talk about their latest research and publications on a broad range of subjects.

Liz Fothergill CBE, Chair of the Festival, said: “2024 will be a bit different with, not two, but three Festivals spreading the joy of books and reading.  Our first, the Spring Collection, offers a wide-ranging programme exploring the beauty of our landscape, the history and future of our politics, our health and well-being and some of our favourite novelists.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby, said: “Derby Book Festival is a true highlight in our region’s cultural calendar and the University of Derby is proud to support this fantastic event once again as a founding and strategic partner.  

Events such as Derby Book Festival form a vital part of our city’s cultural identity, igniting the curiosity and interest of many across Derby. It is always a joy to see communities across the city and region come together in a shared love of books and reading.”

The Festival programme will be available from all Festival venues, as well as from libraries and local cafes and community centres. The Festival is organised in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city, including Marketing Derby

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