Derby Book Festival needs your votes

Derby Book Festival needs your vote to secure funding from the Aviva Community Fund for their Shared Writing project: a Festival engagement project which works with disadvantaged children and young people in schools in Derby and with learners at Derby College, who have English as a second language.

If successful the project will see the publication of two books to be launched at next year’s Festival. One book will include stories written by students at Derby College and the other will be poems by pupils from The Bemrose School.

The college students will be writing about their experiences of living in Derby. Their stories will be illustrated by fellow art students and published in a book to be sold by Derby College and the Festival. The pupils at Bemrose will be writing poems to be published in a companion volume.

To be successful in their funding bid they need your votes for this innovative engagement project. Only projects that receive the highest number of votes go forward to the Aviva panel of judges for consideration.

All you have to do is register on the Aviva Community Fund site and cast your vote for the Derby Book Festival Shared Writing project before November 21. There are just a few simple steps, which only take a couple of minutes:

  1. Go to the Aviva Community Fund page at
  2. Click the ‘Login/Register Now’ button at the top right of the page (or connect with Facebook at the bottom of the page)
  3. Follow the simple three step process – fill in your name and email. You will then receive an email to confirm your email address. You can then complete the final form.

You have ten votes and can use all of them to vote for the Shared Writing project.

Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival said: “Our engagement work is a key part of the festival and centres on giving people a voice.

“In 2018 we not only want to continue to engage with these brilliant and under-represented young people, but to extend our project’s reach and share the inspirational stories at the heart of our diverse city.

“However, this ambitious programme needs financial support: a successful bid to the Aviva Community Fund will go towards the production and printing of our books.”

If you would like more information about the Festival’s Engagement Programmes, please contact the Festival by emailing