Derby Book Festival announces 2018 line up

The fourth Derby Book Festival will be held between 1 and 9 June in 2018 and organisers have started to announce those joining the line up.

The bill includes local author Jo Jakeman, who started as a festival volunteer and will appear this year as a debut novelist. Jakeman was inspired to enter a competition at the Harrogate Writing Festival after hearing Joanna Cannon speak at the 2016 Derby Book Festival about her route to being published. Going on to win the competition Jakeman’s first novel, Sticks And Stones, will be published in July 2018.

Also appearing will be Dame Margaret Drabble, writer of best-selling literary fiction for more than 40 years including novels Jerusalem The Golden and The Witches of Exmoor; political heavyweight Roy Hattersley will return to the festival following a sold out 2015 talk while Alan Johnson will be in conversation with Ken Clarke.

Journalist Sathnam Sanghera, writer for The Times, will appear at the festival to speak about his memoir The Boy With The Topknot which was broadcast to critical acclaim recently on BBC2. And for radio fans there is a chance to hear Tim Bentinck talk about his 35 years as a member of the cast of The Archers, while PM’s Eddie Mair will be in conversation with former colleague and BBC editor Peter Gallimore talking about his book A Face For Radio: Confessions Of A Radiohead.

Derby Book Festival was founded in 2014 by Jenny Denton and Sian Hoyle and as well as bringing prestigious writers and figures from the literary world to the city has included a Flash Fiction competition, Derby Reads, a Children’s Book Trail and projects with Derby College.

The festival will be officially launched on 12 April 2018 with an event at QUAD Derby and more line up announcements are yet to be made. Sign up to the mailing list on the festival website to be the first to hear.

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