Wirksworth Book Festival – Thank you for all the support!!

Heather, Val, Carol, Naomi, Ken, Bill and Jenny would like to thank everyone in Wirksworth and beyond who supported the 2nd Wirksworth  Book Festival. Thanks to speakers, venues, volunteers and friends, and to our audiences – we had around 470 audience members at 15 events. Now looking for next year’s local writers and venues to form the core of what we are about – free events, showcasing local writers.

Wirksworth Book Festival Line-Up announced.

The line up for the Wirksworth Book Festival has been announced – summary here:

Belinda Bradley, Sally Barkley-Smith, Carol Fieldhouse
Festival Launch
Waltham House, St. Johns Street, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DT
Thursday 30/03/17
19:00 – 20:30

Fabulous Fairytales
Wirksworth Library, Town Hall Wirksworth Matlock Derbyshire DE4 4EU
Friday 31/03/17
14:15 – 14:45

Stephen Booth
Where the Bodies are Buried
Red Lion, function room, Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Friday 31/03/17
19:30 – 20:30

Mary Wiltshire
A History of Wirksworth
The Bookshop, Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Friday 31/03/17
18:30 – 19:30

Northern Light Cinema, 13A North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG
Saturday 01/04/17
£3 children, accompanying adults free. Tickets must be bought in advance.

Bill Bevan
A Prehistoric Journey across Gardom’s Edge, Baslow
Freedom Flowers, upstairs, 17 St John’s St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DR
Saturday 01/04/17
12:15 – 13:15

Jan Jefferson
Quilts and the Amish
Wellspring Church, upstairs, Wood St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DS
Saturday 01/04/17
13:30 – 14:30

Daniel Blythe
Dr Who, Ghosts and Vampires
Wirksworth Fish Bar, 19 Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Saturday 01/04/17
14:30 – 15:30

John Hegley
Poisson d’Avril (April Fool’s Day)
Memorial Hall, 39 St Johns Street,Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DS
Saturday 01/04/17
£6.00 children, £8.00 adults


Sophie Snell
How To Write a Book
Feather Star, upstairs, 15 St John’s St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DR
Saturday 01/04/17


Stephen Chalke
Summer’s Crown: the story of cricket’s County Championship
Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club Pavilion. The Recreation Ground. Derby Road, Wirksworth. Derbyshire. DE4 4AS
Saturday 01/04/17
£5.00, under 16s free


John Hegley
Wirksworth Town Hall, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4EU
Saturday 01/04/17
£6.00 children, £9.00 concessions, £12.00 full
Heather Lounds
Walk and Talk
Market Place, Wirksworth, DE4 4EG
Sunday 02/04/17
9:00 – 11:00am

Level of walk is easy, dogs welcome. Start under the tree, Market Place. End at The Bookshop.

Duncan Simpson
Open to All: how youth hostels changed the world
Mercia, upstairs, 5 Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Sunday 02/04/17



Andy Miller
The Ragged Weave of Yesterday
Northern Light Cinema, Northern Light Cinema, 13A North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG
Sunday 02/04/17
17:00 – 18:00


Liz Wellby
An Artist Amongst the Books
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3QF
Sunday 02/04/17

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth Station,
Station Road, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB

New railway guide launched and available from Wirksworth Station during the festival.

The Big Book Quiz
Black’s Head, 6 West End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4EG and Royal Oak, 14 North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4
Sunday 02/04/17
£1 per person

The end of festival book quiz held in two pubs simultaneously! Max 10 teams per pub, 4 members per team. Compete to be the winning team in your pub, each pub competes to be the Book Pub of Wirksworth 2017! Contact Val Stacey to register your team on 07973 600701 or wirksworthbookfestival@gmail.com.