• April 6, 2018 - April 9, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wirksworth Market Place

The Wirksworth Book Festival 2018 is on its way! 6th – 9th April 2018.

The Wirksworth Book Festival brings a whole host of activities, talks, performances and much more for adults and children. As always, there will be a film for kids on the Saturday morning, at the wonderful Northern Light Cinema and a Quiz on the Sunday night, and lots of things in between.

Also featuring a huge book sale on Sunday – Wirksworth Big Book Day.

Many stalls selling new & second hand books.

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Thursday 5th April

7pm –          launch and evening of readings about Ursula, the second Mrs Vaughan Williams – Waltham House

Friday 6th April

10.30am     Parent and toddler event at the library,
2.30 pm      Literary Tour of Renishaw Hall, (tickets needed via valstacey@mac.com)
6.15pm        The Real Wordsmiths, talk about the Lakeland Poets – Town Hall,
7.30pm.      ‘The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere’ – Spoof comedy. Town Hall (tickets from Wirksworth Framing Company)

Saturday 7th April

9.30am        ‘Matilda’ – Film at the Northern Light Cinema. (Tickets from Wirksworth Framing Company)
2.30pm.       ‘Young Writers – create your own fictional world’ with a Emma Pass – event for young adults in the Chip Shop,
1.30pm         Rob Stamper talks about his new book ‘Ramblings from a Derbyshire Folk Pub’, at Top Ken’s,
2 pm             Clare Harvey talks about Dame Laura Knight, Wellspring Church,
4 pm             ‘Derbyshire Noir’, Sarah Ward and Roz Watkins on crime fiction. The Town Hall, (tickets from Wirksworth Framing Co)
7 pm              An evening with Geoff Cope, cricketer, Wirksworth Cricket Club, (pay on the door.
7.30 pm        ‘Elvis McGonagall, poet and singer – Town Hall, . (Tickets from Traidlinks or Wirksworth Framing Co)


Sunday 8th April

Wirksworth Big Book Day, all day in the Memorial Hall. HUGE book sale – new & second hand, and other book related paraphenalia! 

10.30am       Book Walk, meet in the marketplace – FREE

2pm              The Art of Book Folding, 4 Blind Lane with Pat Shenstone, FREE – Now Fully Booked (haha!)

4 pm,            Tony Jones and St John Theatre Company on writing for radio, the Town Hall – Donations please.

7 pm              ‘The Big Book Quiz’, teams of 6 at £1 each. (Book via valstacey@mac.com)




Comments (8)

  • Sharron Charlton

    I would like to book two tickets for the book folding event with Pat Shenstone please.

    • Alice Munro

      Hi Sharron, I will get in touch with Pat & see what the procedure is. Best regards, Alice – Wirksworth on Web

  • Margaret Rose

    2 tickets for 7 April 2pm talk on Dame Laura Knight please

  • Laura Rowan

    Is there parking for the event?

    • Alice Munro


      I am contacting the Book Festival committee as I don’t yet know if additional parking arrangements have been made. I will let you know if there is further information.

      Parking In Wirksworth

      In the meantime, take a look here and see if that would help you.

      Hope you enjoy the Book Festival!

  • Ian Prior

    I emailed the Wellspring Church last week about the Laura Knight talk but have received no reply, do we have to book or just turn up? We were going to see The Wordsmiths but it was then sold out, is it still or are there any returns?

    • Alice Munro

      I think it might be best to email valstacey@mac.com to make enquiries. Wellspring is Kindly donating the venue space, but may have less information about the event itself.

      Best regards, Alice on behalf of GoWirksworth

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