Val McDermid lined-up for festival

Authors already signed up for Derby Book Festival 2020 include Val McDermid, arguably the leading crime writer in the UK today.

She will open the festival at a special event in Derby Theatre when she will be interviewed – and then sing with The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers (fellow crime writers Stuart Neville, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone and Luca Veste).

The festival will include its usual wide variety of events for all ages and interests, including broadcaster John Humphrys, poet and ‘The Bard of Barnsley’, Ian Macmillan; biographer Andrew Lownie on The Mountbattens; Lennie Goodings on her career with Virago Press and naturalist Mark Cocker.  

Derbyshire crime writer, Stephen Booth will also return to talk about his first standalone novel. 

Local history is always popular and historian Patricia Fara will be talking about Erasmus Darwin at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, where his portrait by Joseph Wright of Derby hangs.  

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