Volunteers needed for book festival

183_DerbyBookFestival_Colour_Logo_LargeSince launching plans for the Derby Book Festival two months ago organisers have been busy finalising the line-up for the week-long celebration.

The programme will be officially announced at QUAD on World Book Night April 23.

So far, we know that Michael Morpurgo will be the guest for the Primary Schools’ Meet the Author event on June 8 and that BBC Radio 4’s Book Club with James Naughtie will be recorded in the city on June 5.

Award-winning poet, playwright, novelist and broadcaster Simon Armitage will be at Déda on June 4 to read from Paper Aeroplane – a selection which marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of his ground-breaking first poetry collection Zoom! – and also from new work.

The event will begin with the announcement of the winner of a poetry competition with the winning entry being read on stage.

Stephen Munn, director of Déda said: “His poetry is highly engaging, thought provoking and fun and we are sure he will be hugely popular.”

Other authors signed up for the festival, which runs from May 31-June 7, include Roy Hattersley, crime writer Stephen Booth, Penelope Lively, author of Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger and Alison Moore author of The Lighthouse which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

In the run up to the festival and during the week itself the organisers will need the support of a team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers and they want to hear from anyone over 16 interested in helping out.

There are two festival briefings one of which volunteers will need to attend. They are on April 12 from 2.30-4pm and April 13 at 7-8.30pm.

Go to the festival website http://www.derbybookfestival.co.uk to register your interest and find out more about the festival.