Write big names for Derbyshire Literature Festival

CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED Dickens biographer Claire Tomalin and BBC TV presenter Evan Davis are among the big names appearing at this year’s Derbyshire Literature Festival.

Tickets go on sale on Monday and with a packed programmed of events across 45 venues, there should be something for everyone.

This is the 7th Derbyshire Literature festival organised by Derbyshire County Council which takes place every two years. It will run from Friday May 11 until Sunday May 20 and features more than 65 events across the county.

Highlights include:

• Claire Tomalin talks about her biography Charles Dickens: A Life, at Calke Abbey on Friday, May 11, to celebrate 200 years since the novelist’s birth;

• Joanne Harris − best-selling author of Chocolat – reads from her latest novel Peaches for Monsieur le Curé in a special pre-publication event at Chesterfield Library on Friday May 18;

• Broadcaster and economist Evan Davis talks about his book Made in Britain in one of Derbyshire’s finest surviving mills − Masson Mills in Matlock Bath − on Sunday May 13;

• BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera gives a talk about his latest book The Art of Betrayal: Life and Death in the British Secret Service at Chesterfield Library on Thursday May 17.

• Jackie Kay − poet and writer − discusses her award-winning memoir Red Dust Road and a new collection of short stories at the closing event of the festival in Belper Community Hall on Sunday May 20.

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