There are less than two weeks to go to the start of the first Derby Book Festival and with over sixty events it promises to be a festival to remember. Venues around the Cathedral Quarter will play host to many of these events including QUAD, Déda, Guildhall Theatre, Derby Museum & Art Gallery The Silk Mill, Riverside Chambers, The BookCafe, Park Bikeworks, and Ink and Thread. Listed below are just some of the attractions taking place as part of the Book Festival.
Waterstones Children's Book Trail
The Book Trail along Sadlergate will be the very first Festival event and has been planned to coincide with the start of the schools' half term on 23 May and will continue right through the Festival. Over 30 shop windows will display children's book characters and children will be able to identify which shops as they will be displaying a window sticker. Children will be able to complete a quiz sheet, which participating shops and Waterstones will stock, and return it to Waterstones in St Peter's Quarter to be entered into a prize draw for book tokens.
Window displays in Irongate and The Strand
A number of shops along Irongate and The Strand will have book themed shop window displays to show their support for the Festival. It's not too late to get involved, and Waterstones will supply books for your window, if you can decide on your theme! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved.
Market Place Day of Activities
On Saturday 6 June there will be a free event held in the Market Place. The special Bringing Books to Life family event will run from 10am to 4pm with activities taking place in marquees and a yurt. These include: Storytelling, the Bookstart Bear and the Library Service's Summer Reading Challenge, Sonnetsphere with Derby Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Library with 1623 theatre company, a Book Doctor, the Book Bus project, poetry readings with Candlestick Press and a Human Library.
Nearly New Book Fair
A Nearly New Book Fair will be held upstairs in Ink and Thread located on The Strand on Saturday 6 June from 10am to 4pm. All proceeds from the sale of books will go to The Book Trust charity, which is one of Michael Morpurgo's charities. Michael will be appearing at the Festival on Sunday 7 June at Derby Theatre. If you have any books you can donate to the sale, please contact Emily at email@example.com
Other events listed by venue include:
Cathedral Quarter Hotel
4 June - Festival Lunch with Penelope Lively
5 June - Afternoon Tea with Persephone Books
2 June - Debut Author Emma Hooper
4 June - Simon Armitage followed by Performance Poets
5 June - BBC Radio 4 Bookclub recording hosted by James Naughtie with Jon McGregor on
6 June - Duck in the Truck theatre
4 June - Simon Yates
The BookCafe in the Quarter
3 June - Derby on Board Games
2 June - Sacrifice Remembered, Bishop of Derby
FORMAT Photoforum - The Photobook with Bruno Ceschel
3 June - David Nicholls
Publish your e-book in a day
4 June - Writing Workshop
5 June - Katie Fforde in conversation with Emma Bamford
Double the Horror with Rufus Hound
Henry Marsh - neurosurgeon will discuss his book 'Do No Harm'
6 June - Sarah Waters in conversation with Amy Lamé
Antonia Hodgson and S D Sykes
7 June - Stephen Booth and Anne Zouroudi
Derby Museum & Art Gallery
4 June - Flamsteed's Altas Coelestis on display
5 June - Tots Make and Do - The King of Rome
6 June - James Naughtie
Market - Open Centre
6 June - Gersh Subhra
6 June - Make It Sessions for children and families
Hello Hubmarine - an evening of fresh and original writing and music
7 June - Make It Sessions for children and families
Nigel Lowey and the Transformation of St Pancras Station
6 June - The Nation's Reading Group on Air
The Polish Community in Derby
For a full listing of events at the Derby Book Festival pick up your copy of the Festival programme from venues around the Cathedral Quarter.
Festival Box Office and tickets
Tickets can be bought online at www.derbybookfestival.co.uk or from QUAD. You can also purchase tickets for some of the events at the host venues.