Tickets already on sale for Book Festival

Tickets are already on sale for a handful of the 90 or so exciting events at Derby Book Festival  from May 31-June 8.

There will be a special event to mark 75 years since D-Day on June 6, at Derby Theatre, when authors Giles Milton and Bali Rai recount tales of survivors and explore the perspectives of British and Indian soldiers. The event, from 7.30-9.30pm, will also include music and dance. 

Broadcaster, author and parliamentarian, Melvyn Bragg will be talking about his latest novel, Love Without End, a re-imagining of the legendary tale of Heloise and Abelard. on June 7 at the theatre.

Actor, author, BBC’s One Show reporter, former MP and government whip, Gyles Brandreth’s new one-man show celebrating all things theatrical will be hosted by Derby Live at Landau Forte College Theatre on June 1.  

At the Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms on June 7 there will be two Fringe events – local poet Dan Webber will entertain with his first poetry collection, a study into labels in everyday life, in the arts and the LGBT+ community.  

Following on from his warm-up act will be Iestyn Edwards (pictured above) with his show about his book My Tutu Went AWOL, which is a memoir of being the only drag variety act ever taken out to entertain in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Iestyn will perform as Madame Galina (in a tutu) – a show which headlined at the Barbican, Royal Opera House and Café de Paris – so be prepared for an evening of song and dance. 

“I did try not to dance and sing at my book show…once: for the non-elected Dean of Bocking. But it’s the audiences.  They make me.  I like an encore,” he says jokingly.  

“So, now I’ve decided to fully embrace dancing the ballet and singing the opera at literary festivals – sometimes I might even remember to read excerpts from the book.”

You can book tickets for these events at Derby LIVE and Derby Theatre.

You can also book for the free, but ticketed, launch event, Derby Reads, which showcases this year’s programme.  This will be held in QUAD on April 10.  

Book for Derby Reads (and for all Festival events from April 10) at

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