The festival, which is being held from June 1-7, aims to bring Derby’s residents together in a love of books and inspire a new generation of readers andwas the brainchild of two local women Jenny Denton and Sian Hoyle.
Their original plan for a weekend of celebrations has since grown considerably and the festival is now being organised by a full committee, chaired by businesswoman Liz Fothergill, in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city.
“We have been totally overwhelmed by the support we have had and the positivity we have witnessed from people across the city wanting to get involved. Everyone has greeted the idea with such enthusiasm,” said Liz today.
“Our aim is to involve as many citizens of Derby in the festival as we possible can,” she added explaining that the whole event was still very much a moveable feast and that more announcement about events would be made in the coming weeks.
A highlight of the festival will be a performance of Only Remembered: songs, stories and poetry from World War One by best-selling author Michael Morpurgo along with Coope Boyes and Simpson. The BBC Radio Four Book Club with James Naughtie will also be hosted in the city that week.
There will be a broad range of events and activities aimed at all ages and interests from children’s book trails, storytelling and make-it sessions to author talks, discussions and live performances.
The partners involved are QUAD, Deda, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre, the University of Derby, Derby College, Waterstones, Intu, Marketing Derby and Derby City Council and Arts Council England is helping to fund the event.
For more details about todays event and the festival make sure you pick up a copy of February’s artsbeat magazine which will be out soon. A full line-up of events will be in the April issue when the full festival has been finalised.
You can also find out more at http://www.derbybookfestival.co.uk and follow them on twitter and Facebook.
The pictures below have been taken at today’s event by photography students at Derby College. Their names are with their pictures.