Thrilling talks in Derby this summer as part of Derby Book Festival

Derby LIVE has plenty of thrilling talks in Derby this summer at the Guildhall Theatre, as part of Derby Book Festival. From broadcasters, to cyclists, to Harry Potter fans, Derby LIVE has talks for every interest this summer.

On Saturday 2 June at 7:30pm the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent Andy Kershaw will be presenting his one-man show The Adventures of Andy Kershaw to the Guildhall Theatre audience. The two-hour audio-visual presentation by Kershaw will treat the audience to recollections from his life spent on the front lines of rock & roll, and on the front lines of some of the world’s most extreme and dangerous countries. Kershaw will be giving a Q&A session after his talk. Tickets for this show are available for £14 or £12 for concessions.

Fans of the Harry Potter books can enjoy listening to plenty of fun facts with Fleurble Laffalot on Saturday 2 June at 11am and 2pm. This interactive talk will encourage children to take part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts including the Sorting Ceremony, Care of Magical Creatures, spells and potions. This talk is bound to be great fun for anyone who has ever wanted to explore the magic world of the Harry Potter books. Tickets are available for £4.50.

Audiences that are eager to learn can attend world renowned scientist and TV presenter Professor Robert Winston’s exciting, illustrated talk on how recent research highlights the value of learning. On Tuesday 5 June at 7pm Professor Winston will be treating audiences to a compelling talk bringing complex issues to life with his usual infectious enthusiasm and energy. Tickets for Professor Robert Winston’s talk are available for £17, or £15 for concessions.

For adventure enthusiasts world record breaker Mark Beaumont is the ideal speaker at the Derby Book Festival. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling World Record twice during his career, Beaumont now holds the 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours. His epic documentaries took viewers to over 100 countries, and now a lucky audience at the Guildhall Theatre can hear his adventures for themselves on Thursday 7 June at 7:30pm. After the talk Beaumont will be holding a Q&A session with the audience. Tickets to hear Mark Beaumont are available for just £15, or £13 for concessions.

International bestseller and prominent feminist Germaine Greer will be bringing her talk Women for Life on Earth to the Guildhall Theatre on Friday 8 June at 7:30pm. Greer will be presenting to the audience her arguments for how if the planet is to survive and humans to continue to inhabit it, the female energy must be released. Greer will be holding a Q&A session for the audience following the talk. Tickets to hear Germaine Greer’s talk will be available for £15, or £13 for concessions.

Tickets can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or on They can also be purchased at the Sales and Information Centre, on the Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH.

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