The first Derby Book Festival

Simon Yates, Derby Book Festival, Derby LIVE

Mon 27 Apr 2015

The first Derby Book Festival will take place between Sun 31 May - Sun 7 Jun at venues around the City Centre and will feature over 60 events and activities including internationally celebrated, best-selling authors as well as local writing talent. 

The festival will celebrate the joy of books and the pleasure of reading. The festival programme has just been launched so head over to the official Derby Book Festival website to find out what's on, or look out for hard copies of the programme in venues around the City Centre. 

Tickets for most of the events are on sale now, including our event Simon Yates - My Mountain Life. Simon shot to fame after his memoir Touching The Void was published - a book that recounted his unenviable position of being slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner – Joe Simpson - dangling on the rope far below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed.

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight, alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs, Simon both entertains and inspires. Tickets are available here.

As well as our event, the festival’s programme includes author talks, discussions, theatre performances, poetry readings, workshops for budding writers, a children’s book trail, storytelling, and ‘Make It’ sessions.

Events will take place in venues across the city and in local schools and libraries. The programme will also include events to appeal to local people with Derby-related themes – cycling, railways, football and cricket.

The Festival is organised in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city. QUAD, Déda, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre, the University of Derby, Derby College, Waterstones, Marketing Derby and Derby City Council.