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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:

The Big BIF Weekend: Final line-up is revealed

Buxton International Festival is delighted to announce the final line-up for The Big BIF Weekend (15-16 October), a mini version of its celebrated summer festival with a worldclass roster of books, classical music and jazz.

The Ashover Light Railway Vol2 poetry book by David Siddon

David Siddon, along with watercolour illustrator Eric Leslie, releases his latest poetry book The Ashover Light Railway 1924-1950, volume 2.

Volume 2 of a Book of Poems includes an introduction by David Siddon with another 18 poems and supporting photographs from Bob Gratton's collection and a magnificent collection of watercolours and drawings from the late talented railway artist Eric Leslie.

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Louise Fedotov Clements Appointed to Board of UK Council


We are delighted to announce that FORMAT’s very own Founding and Artistic Director, Louise Fedotov Clements, has been appointed to the UK Council of Create UK Group, which includes the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England.

Derby Folk Festival returns with fringe benefits

The long-awaited and virtually sold out Derby Folk Festival returns as a live event in the heart of the city centre this weekend, from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October.

Now in its 15th year, noted artists including O’Hooley and Tidow, Kitty Macfarlane, Ninebarrow, India Electric Co. and Home Service will be joined by some old friends and new faces.

Free theatre workshops with Belper Community Play

A season of taster workshops led by a team of professional theatre-makers across different venues in Belper.

All workshops are free and no experience necessary. Make sure to register your place early as spaces are limited. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 4th October | Creative writing with Kevin Fegan
Belper Library, 7-9pm | Age 16+

If you live, work or are connected to the Belper area, come along and tell us your tales.

New crime novel released by Derby author, Jane Bettany

Without a Trace, the second book from Derby writer, Jane Bettany, is out as an eBook from the 29th October 2021.

It is the second book in the DI Isabel Blood series, set in Derbyshire, and will also be released as a paperback version on 6th January 2022.

Uncover the mystery and solve the crime alongside Derbyshire’s best detective. This utterly gripping, unputdownable whodunit will have you hooked and reading long into the night!

Get ready for The Big BIF Weekend this October!

Buxton International Festival is delighted to announce the final line-up for The Big BIF Weekend 15th-16th October 2021.

This year’s books programme features politician Peter Hain, crime writer Sarah Ward, author Azeem Azhar, lawyer Meriel Schindler and journalist Paul Mason. The music programme includes the return of popular pianist Martin Roscoe, BIF’s Chamber Ensemble: the Corran Quartet, the Harewood Artists from English National Opera and jazz sensations XPQ (Xenopoulos, Price Quintet).

Buxton Museum: Want to learn a new craft?

Our Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has a new workshop programme for adults.

This autumn, treat yourself and learn a new craft. The museum is running a choice of adult workshops (for over 14s) at the museum and nearby studios, with experienced artists and only a few participants. These all-day events, 10am-4pm, will suit beginners and experienced people.