Still time to get your tickets for Derbyshire Literature Festival

There is still time to get your tickets for this year’s Derbyshire Literature Festival - but hurry as some of the events are already fully booked.

This year’s festival – the county council’s 7th – runs from Friday, May 11- Sunday, May 20.

There are 65 events taking place in libraries, heritage centres, community halls, schools and museums across the county. Many events are free but places should be booked in advance.

Leader of DCC and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “We have a superb line-up this year, one of our best ever.

“From spies to science-fiction, poetry to prose, events for adults, children and teens, it is all here.”

He added: “I hope people will take time to have a look at what is going on and join us for some exciting events.”

You can pick up a copy of the festival brochure in any library or download a copy from the authority’s website at

Tickets are available at all 45 of Derbyshire County Council’s libraries or by contacting Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058.

Events in the High Peak:

* Internationally best-selling author of successful romantic comedy novels, Carole Matthews will speak about her journey from Milton Keynes to Hollywood, and her latest novel Summer Daydreams, at Buxton Library on Tuesday, May 15, at 7.15pm.

* Around the World in 80 Books with Oxygen Press is an introduction to writing from the world’s greatest cities by acclaimed City Picks editors Malcolm Burgess and Heather Reyes. Join them for an action-packed journey round the world at Buxton Museum on Sunday, May 13, at 2pm.

* 60 Glorious Years of writing – literature lecturer and fiction specialist Deirdre O’Byrne invites you to share her favourite writers from across the span of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. As part of our Jubilee Celebrations you can listen to Deirdre and debate her choices at Buxton Museum on Friday, May 11, at 6.30 pm.

* Award-winning young writer Edward Hogan makes a welcome return to the county of his birth for an event at Glossop Library on Friday, May 11, at 7.15 pm. Edward will be discussing his intriguing second novel, The Hunger Trace, set in the Derbyshire Dales, which explores the relationships between a group of characters linked through the place where they live and their shared histories.

* Creative Writing workshop: Genre Fiction with Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan, an introduction to writing science fiction, fantasy and horror at New Mills Library on Saturday, May 12, from 9.45am– 12.15pm.

* Drop in to our Jubilee inspired events, Rags to Royals on Friday, May, 11, at Hayfield Library and Jubilee Coffee Morning at Buxton Library on Friday, May 18, at 10 am. Free, just drop in.