The chance to chat to published authors, hear Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner talk about his life in politics and pick up some tips from Derbyshire Poet Laureate Helen Mort are just some of the attractions on offer at the Derbyshire Literature Festival in May.
Tickets are now on sale for more than 40 festival events which will run in libraries and community venues from Friday May 8 to Sunday May 17.
Events throughout the festival range from author talks and workshops to events for children and families.
This year’s line-up includes writers Matt Haig, Kate Williams, Richard Benson, Sathnam Sanghera, Angela Buckley, Robert Shore, Jules Howard, Cath Staincliffe as well as Jill Dawson.
Appearances by Derbyshire MP Dennis Skinner, Derbyshire Poet Laureate Helen Mort and Christine Robinson, housekeeper at Chatsworth, will provide a local flavour, alongside up and coming Derbyshire writers Tracy Bloom and Joanna Courtney.
If you enjoy music, there will also be a performance by the Derbyshire based folk group Mills and Chimneys, while a performance of The Lunar Men will combines both music and storytelling.
The programme for families features children’s writers Jonathan Emmett and Abi Burlingham, Kerstin Morrison, poet Mark Gwynne Jones and storyteller Gordon McLellan.
Workshops in writing, poetry, comics and print making add a creative element to the festival programme.
The festival has been organised in partnership with local arts and heritage organisations.
Their events include a book quiz at Cromford Mills, a literary tour of Renishaw Hall, storytelling at The Green Man Gallery in Buxton, performances at Bakewell Old House Museum and the launch of a new book about Derwent Valley Mills to tie in with Belper Arts Festival.
The work of young people and community groups will be showcased with the premiere of a film made by pupils at The Long Eaton School, an open night hosted by members of the Chesterfield Write Here Group at Donut Creative Arts Studio and readings by performers from the Barrow Hill Roundhouse community play.
Events will take place in libraries as well as heritage venues Renishaw Hall and Elvaston Castle and Country Park.
Copies of the festival brochure and tickets are available from Derbyshire libraries.
You can find out more information about the goings on at the festival and book ticketsby logging on to the website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk.