30. März 2017 - 19:00

Wirksworth Book Festival | Destination Wirksworth | Donnerstag, 30. März 2017

Here is a run down of Wirksworth Book Festival 2017 events.

Contact for all events is Val Stacey, 07973 600701, wirksworthbookfestival@gmail.com

For free events simply turn up on the day, though do arrive early as places are limited in what are mostly small, intimate venues.

Tickets for charged events are available from Wirksworth Framing. They also stock a great range of prints and original artwork, as well as offer a brilliant framing service.

See below for the full 2017 festival programme.

Thursday 30th March
Belinda Bradley, Sally Barkley-Smith, Carol Fieldhouse
Festival Launch
Waltham House, St. Johns Street, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DT
Thursday 30/03/17
19:00 – 20:30

An evening of memories with poetry, story and song. Refreshments provided by Friends of Waltham House.
Event sponsored by the Exton Trust

Friday 31st March
Fabulous Fairytales
Wirksworth Library, Town Hall Wirksworth Matlock Derbyshire DE4 4EU
Friday 31/03/17
14:15 – 14:45

Come along and enjoy stories, songs and games as we journey through the land of fairy tales. Meet the 3 little pigs, little Red Riding Hood and the Billy Goats Gruff……. but don’t forget to watch out for that big bad wolf! Fancy dress welcome.

Mary Wiltshire
A History of Wirksworth
The Bookshop, Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Friday 31/03/17
18:00 – 19:00

Respected local historian, Mary Wiltshire, will tell us more about our fascinating town history in the historic Bookshop, Market Place, Wirksworth. Mary is one half of the author team, along with Anton Shone, who wrote the best-selling 'Wirksworth: a history" on behalf of Wirksworth Civic Society. Mary has also written books on the Medieval Parks of Derbyshire and Duffield Frith.

The talk ends in time to hop to the Red Lion for Stephen Booth - Where the Bodies Are Buried.

Stephen Booth
Where the Bodies are Buried
Red Lion, function room, Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Friday 31/03/17
19:30 – 20:30

Crime novelist Stephen Booth talks about the Derbyshire locations that have inspired his best-selling series set in the Peak District and featuring police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry - including the role played by Wirksworth as a setting for ‘Already Dead’. Stephen’s books sell all around the world and have won him awards on both sides of the Atlantic. They are translated into 16 languages, and are currently in development for a TV series. During the evening, Stephen will also answer questions and sign copies of his books for readers.

Saturday 1st April
Northern Light Cinema, 13A North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG
Saturday 01/04/17
£3 children, accompanying adults free. Tickets must be bought in advance.

The BFG comes to Wirksworth. Come and meet the BFG, we're not joking. The doors open at 9.30, film starts at 10.00. Children £3.00, accompanying adults are free. You are welcome to wear your pyjamas.
Event sponsored by the Northern Light Cinema

Bill Bevan
A Prehistoric Journey across Gardom's Edge, Baslow
Freedom Flowers, upstairs, 17 St John's St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DR
Saturday 01/04/17
13:15 – 14:15

Bill explores the prehistory of a Peak District moorland to launch his new book - An Upland Biography: Landscape and Prehistory on Gardom's Edge. Based on five years’ excavations, the book covers 5,000 years. Find out about the ancient enclosure, round houses, fields and a chain of pits, as well as rock art, Middle Eastern beads and the 'body in the bag.'

Jan Jefferson
Quilts and the Amish
Wellspring Church, upstairs, Wood St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DS
Saturday 01/04/17
13:30 – 14:30

Lancaster county, Pennsylvania was my home but I have lived in England for many years. All my life I have loved quilts and their history. For the past 30 years I have spoken about the Amish and their quilts in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

In 'A Family Scrapbook' I describe my family history with quilts from mid-19th century to the present day. Now at the Wirksworth Book Festival I will tell the story of Amish and Pennsylvania quilts

Daniel Blythe
Dr Who, Ghosts and Vampires
Wirksworth Fish Bar, 19 Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Saturday 01/04/17
14:30 – 15:30

Author Daniel Blythe was first published in his early 20s and has now written 21 books - fiction and non-fiction for adults, children and teenagers, including Reluctant Reader novels, supernatural fantasy and several official Doctor Who novels. Come and hear Daniel speaking all about his writing life, the importance of growing up with Doctor Who, his first attempts to get published and everything he's learned about being a writer. In a wide-ranging session, Daniel will talk time-travel, ghosts, garden swings, super-mice, pseudonyms, Shakespeare, Star Wars and more. Sonic screwdrivers, bow ties and long scarves welcome!
Event sponsored by the Exton Trust

John Hegley
Poisson d'Avril (April Fool's Day)
Memorial Hall, 39 St Johns Street,Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DS
Saturday 01/04/17
£6.00 children, £8.00 adults

Come and learn from a master of rhyme on April Fools Day and make your own fishy poems. John Hegley is coming to our own Memorial Hall to share his craft at an hour long workshop. Suitable for everyone aged 8 and above.

Sophie Snell
How To Write a Book
Feather Star, upstairs, 15 St John's St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DR
Saturday 01/04/17

Sophie Snell, author of The Raven Stones, describes the process of writing a book and how she has gone about her latest project, The Pear Drum, a psychological thriller. Plotting, inspiration, motivation, the value of writers’ groups and how to juggle 3 kids, 5 cats and a house move whilst planning your magnum opus. Includes excerpts read and Q & A. For more info about Sophie, see .

Stephen Chalke
Summer's Crown: the story of cricket's County Championship
Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club Pavilion. The Recreation Ground. Derby Road, Wirksworth. Derbyshire. DE4 4AS
Saturday 01/04/17
£5.00, under 16s free

Stephen Chalke is a cricket historian who mixes a love of the game, a fascination with social history and a writing style which brings alive the characters of players past. Searching out the lost voices of old cricketers, he has been called ‘the Alan Lomax of county cricket’. He has written 15 books, five of which have won awards. His latest book, Summer’s Crown, telling the story of the county championship, was the Cricket Writers’ Club Book of the Year in 2015. He enjoys public speaking and is never happier than when he has got his audience laughing.

John Hegley
Wirksworth Town Hall, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4EU
Saturday 01/04/17
£6.00 children, £9.00 concessions, £12.00 full
Celebrate Poisson D'Avril. John Hegley, 'comedies poet laureate' (The Independent) will recite his poems from his collection and the fresh off the pen poems from the afternoon's poetry workshop.

Sunday 2nd April
Heather Lounds
Walk and Talk
Market Place, Wirksworth, DE4 4EG
Sunday 02/04/17
9:00 – 11:00am

Level of walk is easy, dogs welcome. Start under the tree, Market Place. End at The Bookshop.

Duncan Simpson
Open to All: how youth hostels changed the world
Mercia, upstairs, 5 Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Sunday 02/04/17

Youth hostels changed the world. With no money, no leader and only a simple idea, today they cover the globe. Duncan M Simpson talks about this much loved bit of British life and how he came to write its history.

Youth hostels changed the world. With no money, no leader and only a simple idea, today they cover the globe. Duncan M Simpson talks about this much loved bit of British life and how he came to write its history.

Duncan has written two books, one about the founder of youth hostels and another about their history in England and Wales. He took a job for a summer in a youth hostel and then spent the rest of his working life with them, as a seasonal assistant and manager. For the last ten years he was head of Corporate Affairs for YHA (England and Wales).

Andy Miller
The Ragged Weave of Yesterday
Northern Light Cinema, Northern Light Cinema, 13A North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG
Sunday 02/04/17
17:00 – 18:00

Andy Christopher Miller is a widely-published Honorary Professor of Educational Psychology at the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick. He is a scientist, a memoirist and has featured in a range of national poetry journals and competitions

Why do people keep personal diaries? And what do they write in them?
Who, if anybody, do they think will be interested in them? Do they have an ideal reader, perhaps a muse or some specific person, in mind?

And how does a diarist deal with the naivety of his or her younger self? Or handle confidences and the potential to cause embarrassment or offence?

Andy Miller began writing a diary in 1967 and has continued to do so for fifty years, amassing a set of volumes with a word length around three times that of ‘War and Peace’.

His new book, ‘The Ragged Weave of Yesterday’ examines these and other dilemmas and will be launched at the Wirksworth Book Festival.

Andy Christopher Miller is a widely-published Honorary Professor of Educational Psychology at the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick. He is a scientist, a memoirist and has featured in a range of national poetry journals and competitions
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Liz Wellby
An Artist Amongst the Books
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3QF
Sunday 02/04/17

Local artist Liz Wellby has been artist-in-residence at Scarthin bookshop for the past year, and has chosen to work on iPad.
Liz will talk about working in this busy bookshop and about working on an iPad, and will show some of her work.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth Station,
Station Road, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB

New railway guide launched and available from Wirksworth Station during the festival.

The Big Book Quiz
Black's Head, 6 West End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4EG and Royal Oak, 14 North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4
Sunday 02/04/17
£1 per person

The end of festival book quiz held in two pubs simultaneously! Max 10 teams per pub, 4 members per team. Compete to be the winning team in your pub, each pub competes to be the Book Pub of Wirksworth 2017! Contact Val Stacey to register your team on 07973 600701 or wirksworthbookfestival@gmail.com.
  • I'll be talking on Radio Derby tomorrow (Weds) about my new book, due to be launched as part of the Wirksworth Book Festival. Apparently, I'll be on just after 2pm and will post up an iPlyaer link when available for anybody who is interested
  • hi any chance you could post a copy of the poster online so i can share it with my friends
  • Will there be the opportunity for Wirksworth people to sell second hand books?
  • We have some exciting local, regional and national authors lined up for this year's book festival. We're just finalising details and will publish the full programme at the start of March.