Latest News | 5 May 2021

Tickets go on sale for all Derby Book Festival events

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Tickets are now on sale for more than 60 in-person events planned for the forthcoming Derby Book Festival.

For the first time in its six-year history it will be a hybrid festival, with in-person, live streamed, recorded and outdoor events taking place across the city from 27 May to 5 June.

This year’s festival, funded by the University of Derby and Arts Council England, as well as sponsorship from local businesses, has an exciting programme of events lined up.

They will make use of vibrant spaces across the city including Derby Theatre, Derby College, Déda, Derby Cathedral, Derby Museums and the new Museum of Making, as well as five of the city’s parks.

The festival is likely to be one of the first in the UK to hold in-person events since lockdown ended if all goes to plan and venues reopen from 17 May.

The programme features writers, poets, illustrators, historians, musicians, and more, to discuss everything from clouds to crime, romance to railways, and walking to Wallis Simpson.

Liz Fothergill, chair of the festival, said: “We look forward to welcoming our audiences back and are delighted that ticket sales are so strong for the 12 in-person events we already have on sale at Derby Theatre and feel sure that there is an appetite for returning to our venues.

“We are grateful to the University of Derby film course for their support with the filming of so many events, which we are able to live stream this year, giving us the potential to reach a wider audience than in previous years.

“We realise not everyone is ready to return to our venues and we want to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy the festival in whatever way they prefer.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the University of Derby, said: “I’m delighted that the University of Derby continues to support Derby Book Festival in 2021.

“The festival plays a significant part in the cultural vibrancy of the city, so we are extremely excited to play our part in this and cannot wait to see the breadth of inspirational activities planned for this year.”

All festival events will be organised following government guidance and the venues’ strict health and safety measures, including socially distanced seating, one-way systems, hand sanitiser and mask wearing.

All events can be booked via the website, which also features information about the special arrangements to ensure Covid safety at all venues and events.

Marketing Derby’s first in-person Bondholder event since the first national lockdown back in March 2020 will be held in collaboration with the Derby Book Festival.

Taking place at the Museum of Making on Thursday, 3 June, the breakfast event will feature business consultant and entrepreneur Andrew Wallas.

Andrew is one of the most compelling business gurus in the country. His most recent books include Business Alchemy and Intention.

The event is taking place in a Covid-secure venue with all of the appropriate measures in place for the safety of guests and team.

To ensure this, numbers are strictly limited. To be in with a chance to attend, e-mail by 21 May to request a ticket and 60 Bondholders will be selected at random.

The event will also be live streamed for those wishing to watch online. Details of this will be made available closer to the time.

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