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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:

Relax, Recall, Write!

Always wanted to write your memoir? Share your unique story with loved ones? But don’t know where to start? Then join experienced local writer-facilitators Lynn Ludditt and Leonie Martin for this 10-week ‘first steps’ course.

Five sessions will be delivered ‘correspondence-style’ via email/post alternated with five ‘live and interactive’ Zoom workshops. Each session includes fun and engaging, bite-sized writing exercises and activities, with a focus on both reminiscence and writing for wellbeing.

Aesthetica: Creative Writing Entries are now OPEN

Entries are now open to poets and writers with the opportunity to have your work published and receive £5000 of prizes.

The Creative Writing Award is open to Poetry and Short Fiction submissions on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world.

Fun ideas to make the most of Half Term

School’s out, and parents everywhere, including those of us at InDerby, are looking for ways to give our children a break from home learning and spending so much time on their screens.

While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we have found some great activities for all ages to keep them occupied. Some of these may start on the PC, but should spark their imaginations enough to get them going offline!

Community plays its part for new park equipment

The popular play area at Chaddesden Park has had a makeover, thanks to the park’s Friends, who worked hard to secure over £15,000 in funding from the local community. Children can now enjoy a junior swing set, a timber trim trail and soon, a new roundabout. 


To celebrate the BBC's novels that shaped our world programme, Derbyshire libraries is running a short story competition aimed at adults around the theme of isolation.

The competition runs from Monday 1 February 2021 and closes on Wednesday 31 March 2021 and is open to all residents aged 16 and over who live within the administrative boundaries of Derbyshire County Council.

Goodbyes at Artcore

Last week we said farewell to volunteer Zahrah Alkumaim. She has been volunteering with Artcore as part of our In our Thoughts project and working along side Linda Foot to produce materials packs to hand out to participants.  

As a 'thank you' we presented her with flowers and a chocolate cake. "Best wishes Zahara as you move to a new city!"

Art Enhancing Life - Community at Artcore

'Love is all you need' Community Art Sessions - Join artist Kathryn Borg for these creative fun sessions!

Monday 8th, 15th and 22nd February
10.30am - 12.30pm on ZOOM

Session 1 – Kindness Rocks
Session 2 – Mobile Hanging Family Tree
Session 3- Folding Paper Photograph Album

Materials packs will be available from Artcore Charnwood to collect.