Derby Book Festival line-up announced

Best-selling author Sebastian Faulks will attend a special opening event at next year’s Derby Book Festival in Derby Cathedral.

The event, on June 9, will coincide with the arrival at the Silk Mill of the Tower of London Poppies and will focus on the First World War.

One of Sebastian’s best-known and most popular novels is Birdsong, depicting a British soldier’s experience on the frontline during the First World War and giving a harrowing account of life in the trenches.  He wrote the novel to bring more public awareness to the experience of war remembered by veterans of The Great War.

The  organisers of the nine-day festival have also announced some other exciting events for the 2017 programme.

Derby Cathedral will host a number of events including Reverend Richard Coles, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live show and a panellist on shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You.

The former member of the pop group The Communards will be talking about his latest book Bringing in the Sheaves.

Jenni Murray, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour has recently published A History of Britain in 21 Women and she will be a guest at the Festival Lunch.

Following the huge success of this year’s festival event with Ken Livingstone, Matthew Parris will return  and will be in conversation with Labour MP Alan Johnson, whose third volume of his autobiography, The Long Winding Road, has just been published.  Matthew will also appear at his own solo event during the Festival to talk about his new edition of Scorn.  

Historian and novelist Alison Weir, whose second novel in her series featuring the six wives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, will be published in May, is making a second visit to the festival.

Alison’s event last June was a sell-out with many people disappointed that they couldn’t buy tickets.

Crime writer Stephen Booth, whose best-selling Cooper and Fry novels are set in the Peak District, will also return to the festival and lead an event entitled Derbyshire Noir with fellow local crime authors Steven Dunne and Sarah Ward and debut author Roz Watkins.

Organisers also hope to include a well-known gardening author in the festival programme to attract people visiting the county for the new RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth.

The festival programme will be published on April 11.

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