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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Cabaret with a twist (or should that be pinch) coming to South Normanton and Clay Cross

A man inside a giant balloon, the UK’s fastest magician and a juggler that juggles with almost anything, together with some tasty grub and the choice of how much to pay for a ticket is the essence of two new events coming to South Normanton and Clay Cross at the end of October and beginning of November, hoping to bring local people together to shape some of the cultural happenings in their communities.


Celebrity bioarchaeologist Dr Cat Jarman kicks off this year’s Repton Literary Festival with a talk about the unique finds during her recent dig in the village, shedding new light on Viking life in 9th century Repton.

Following up her BBC TV Digging for Britain and Channel 4 TV’s Britain’s Viking Graveyard programmes she explores the arrival of the Great Heathen Army of Vikings which settled for a winter in Repton in 873 AD.  She will talk about the legendary Repton Warrior buried next to another Viking in the UK’s most famous Viking grave.


Join us this winter for a weekend celebration of one of the most beloved forms of fiction – the ghost story. From the classics of Charles Dickens and MR James to modern favourites such as The Woman in Black, The Little Stranger and more, the ghost story has long fascinated audiences around the world. 
The UK Ghost Story Festival will be presenting a host of readings, author interviews, talks, film screenings, workshops and much more, taking place around one of the UK’s most haunted cities.  

Shirley Mann’s first novel

My first novel comes out in e form on 31st Oct and in paperback form on 23rd Jan. It’s being published by Bonnier Zaffre and my agent is Kate Barker.  
The novel is called Lily’s War and is a book loosely based on my parents’ wartime romance; my mum was a WAAF with Bomber Command and my dad was a tank transporter driver in the 8th Army.  

The Write on Art competition returns!

We're excited to announce the return of Write on Art, our annual prize for young art writers aged 15–18, sponsored in partnership with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. To take part, entrants write about one artwork featured on the Art UK website for a chance to have their work published online and win the top cash prize of £500

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Writing for Wellbeing workshop with Leonie Martin. Saturday 2nd November 10:30 - 12:30 at Chesterfield Library

Try Writing for Wellbeing at Chesterfield Library. Using a series of fun and engaging prompts, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and put pen to paper. Working within a safe and respectful space, therapeutic writing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement. No previous knowledge or experience of creative writing is needed; writers of all levels of experience are welcome. You should be aged 18 years and above. All writing materials will be provided. 

Physical Theatre Performer vacancy

Hubbub Theatre Company is looking to recruit a physical theatre performer for the Creative Development of their next touring production The Drum working with Gecko’s Associate Director, Helen Baggett who will be the Movement Collaborator.