Derby Book Festival 2021 line up announced, with in-person and online events on general sale now

Derby Theatre are delighted to be partnering with Derby Book Festival to host a huge range of authors and events for this year's festival, which will take place from Thursday 27 May to Saturday 5 June 2021.

The line-up of authors and events at Derby Theatre has been announced today, and each event will have socially distanced in-person and online livestream options available.

From biographies to comedy and music, poetry to politics and romance to gothic fiction, there's something for every book lover to enjoy!

Tickets are now on general sale to Derby Theatre audiences.

If you would like to become a Festival Friend you can sign up here.

Thursday 27 May

John Preston -  Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

Thursday 27 May, 3pm – 4pm

From the best-selling author of A Very English Scandal John Preston brings us the jaw-dropping life story of notorious business tycoon and former Derby County FC owner, Robert Maxwell.

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James Naughtie - On the Road: American Adventures from Nixon to Trump

Thursday 27 May, 7.30pm – 9pm

James Naughtie, special correspondent for BBC News, has covered every US election from Nixon in 1974 to Biden in 2020. He tells the story of a country that is grappling with a dream. What has it come to mean in the new century, and who do Americans now think they are?

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Saturday 29 May

John Kampfner – Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country

Saturday 29 May, 11am – 12pm

John Kampfner raises important questions for our post-Brexit landscape: why, despite its faults, Germany has become a model for others to emulate, while Britain fails to tackle contemporary challenges?

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Monique Roffey – The Mermaid of Black Conch

Saturday 29 May, 2pm – 3pm

Winner of the Costa Book Award 2020, The Mermaid of Black Conch is a love story, Caribbean mythology, a historical novel, a novel about women’s rights and race – it is unique!

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Christie Watson – Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion

Saturday 29 May, 5pm – 6pm

Christie Watson is an award-winning, best-selling writer. She was a nurse for 20 years and is currently Professor of Medical and Health Humanities at the University of East Anglia.

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Jasper Rees – Let’s Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood

Saturday 29 May, 8pm – 9pm

Jasper Rees, who interviewed Victoria Wood more than anyone else, was asked to tell her extraordinary story in full. He was granted complete and exclusive access to Victoria's rich archive and conducted over 200 interviews.

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Sunday 30 May

Brian Bilston - Alexa, what is There to Know about Love?

Sunday 30 May, 3.30pm  – 4.30pm

Brian Bilston, known as the Poet Laureate of Twitter, discusses his poems about love in all its forms, covering everything from romantic love to familial love, to long-distance love, and even love on the internet.

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Tuesday 1 June

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason - House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons

Tuesday 1 June, 7.30pm – 9pm

An evening of music and words with special performances by Aminata and Konya Kanneh-Mason. Kadiatu recounts the love and determination that raised a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race.

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Thursday 3 June

Hollie McNish – Slug

Thursday 3 June, 8pm – 9pm

Hollie McNish talks about her new book, Slug, which holds a mirror lovingly up to the world, past and present, through driving, funny, hopeful poetry and prose.

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Friday 4 June

Gothic Panel with Stuart Turton, Catriona Ward, Sarah Ward

Friday 4 June, 6pm - 7pm

Derbyshire has an interesting connection to gothic fiction, which has surged in popularity. Join Sarah Ward, Catriona Ward and Stuart Turton to discover why we continued to be enthralled by this most mysterious of genres.

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Saturday 5 June

Iain Dale: The Prime Ministers: 55 Leaders, 55 Authors, 300 Years of History

Saturday 5 June, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

The Prime Ministers, edited by leading political commentator Iain Dale, brings to life all 55 of Britain's 'First Among Equals' with an essay for each office holder, written by key figures in British politics.

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Jon Sopel - UnPresidented: Politics, Pandemics and the Race That Trumped All Others

Saturday 5 June at 7:30pm - 8:30pm

For Jon Sopel, as the BBC North America Editor since 2014, he has been witnessing, at first hand, the Trump presidency from before his election to the aftermath. In his latest book, he presents a diary of an election like we've never quite seen before.

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