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Derby Book Festival Summer Edition: 20 – 28 May 2022

Event details

Tickets for over 70 events at the seventh Derby Book Festival are available online and from box offices at QUAD, Derby Theatre and Déda for events they are hosting. The Festival, will be held from 20 – 28 May and includes three children’s authors:

  • Lauren Child: Clarice Bean – Scram! on Monday 30 May, sponsored by local law firm, Smith Partnership
  • David Baddiel: (The Boy Who Got) Accidentally Famous on Tuesday 31 May
  • Jacqueline Wilson: The Magic Faraway Tree on 1 June, sponsored by local children’s educational play supplier, Cosy

This year’s programme also includes:

  • Two of the country’s most celebrated poets: Roger Robinson and Raymond Antrobus
  • Award-winners and shortlisted fiction writers: Booker-shortlisted Graeme Macrae Burnet (Case Study), Waterstones Book of the Year-shortlisted Amy Jeffs (Storyland), Women’s Prize-shortlisted Sarah Moss (The Fell, Joanna Cannon (A Tidy Ending), Stacey Halls (Mrs England)
  • Debut authors: Francesca May (Wicked and Wild), Susan Stokes Chapman (Pandora) and Alex Hyde (Violets)
  • For children and families: Lauren Child, Jacqueline Wilson, David Baddiel, Fairy Tales Puppet Shows, Roald Dahl Theatre Show
  • For lovers of wildlife and the natural world: Fred Pearce on A Trillion Trees, Susanne Masters on Wild Waters: a wildlife and water lover’s companion to the aquatic world, forager and author of the River Cottage guides, John Wright on A Spotter’s Guide to the Countryside, Lulah Ellender on Grounding: Finding Home in a Garden, Christopher Somerville on A View from the Hill: Four Seasons in a Walker’s Britain, sponsored by East Midlands Business Chamber
  • For arts lovers: Franny Moyle on Holbein, Jacqueline Riding on Hogarth, James Hamilton on Constable, Patrick Mackie on Mozart, Victoria Finlay on Fabric: The Hidden History of the Material World – and The Great British Sewing Bee’s Esme Young
  • For health and well-being: Shared reading taster events and a Well-being Walk, Julia Samuel: Every Family has a Story, Will Buckingham: Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World, Wendy Mitchell: What I Wish People Knew about Dementia, sponsored by Pennine Healthcare
  • For history lovers: Andrew Roberts on George III, Alison Weir on Elizabeth of York (both events sponsored by Peveril Homes)David Hendy on the definitive history of the BBC in its centenary year, sponsored by Geldards, Rob Young on The Magic Box: Viewing Britain through the Rectangular Window, Caitlin Davies on Queens of the Underworld: A Journey into the lives of Female Crooks, Helen Taylor on Why Women Read Fiction, sponsored by Freeths, Arthur der Weduwen & Andrew Pettegree: The Library; A Fragile History, Alex Renton on coming to terms with her family’s history of slavery
  • For political animals: Guardian columnist John Crace on A Farewell to Calm, political commentator Paul Mason on How to Stop Fascism, ITV News presenter and novelist Tom Bradby on Yesterday’s Spy, sponsored by Penguin PR.

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