Bondholders support Derby Book Festival


In just five years Derby Book Festival has established itself as the largest and most successful literature festival in the East Midlands and includes a wealth of talent from great authors, poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and musicians. 

The fifth Derby Book Festival will be held from 31st May - 8th June and will feature over 90 events and activities in venues across the city, including the Marketing Derby Bondholder event on Tuesday 4th June with guest speaker Professor Steve Peters, creator of the ground-breaking mind model Chimp Paradox and author. 

Bondholders will once again be supporting the Festival with QUAD as the main Festival Box Office who will host many of the exciting events and fellow Bondholder Smith Partnership sponsoring the Festival.

Events will also be held at venues across the city including Bondholders Déda, Derby Theatre, Pattonair County Ground, Derby County Football Club and Derby Museums.

Highlights of this year’s Festival will include:

Broadcaster, author and Parliamentarian, Melvyn Bragg talking about his new novel, Love Without End; a special event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with authors Giles Milton and Bali Rai talking about their latest books on soldiers experiences of D-Day; Australian author and international best-seller, Markus Zusak, whose novel The Book Thief sold 16 million copies worldwide,

Liz Fothergill, Chair of the Festival said: “This year we are delighted to include writers from across the world and celebrate the diversity of our city. We have authors flying in from Australia and Norway and have a strong South East Asian programme. The programme is more exciting than ever with our usual broad range of events and genres for all ages and interests. We know we have a loyal following in the city but every year we aim to attract new audiences to enable them to enjoy the pleasure that books bring to our lives.”

Four of this year’s family events will be signed by a BSL interpreter, in partnership with Communication Unlimited.

Claire Twells, partner at Smith Partnership, said: “Smith Partnership are delighted to again be sponsors of Derby Book Festival and feel sure it will repeat the success of the four previous Festivals. It is now firmly established as an annual event putting Derby firmly on the cultural map with the biggest and most successful literary festival in the East Midlands and contributing to the wider renaissance we see taking place across our wonderful City.

“The quality and breadth of this year’s programme is once again testimony to the very highest standards that everyone involved in the Festival has come to expect. We wish everyone every success for this year’s event and in the years to come.”

The Festival programme will be available from all Festival venues, as well as Artboxes, all libraries and tourist offices. The Festival is organised in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city. Tickets can be booked on the new website developed by Bondholders Codemakers at or in person or by phone at QUAD and other host venues.