Literary Themed Family Festival
Saturday 24th June, 11am to 3pm

Our Literary Themed Family Festival promises to be a brilliant event for all the family.  A multitude of activities will include: how to play Quidditch with Quidditch UK, craft workshops, a bookswapping stall and stories around a campfire.  You might be sorted by the Harry Potter sorting hat and take the opportunity to have your photo taken in costume by the Mirror of Erised.  We have authors, face painting and lots of games.

We will have mobile refreshments on site, including wood-fired pizza and a retro-bike serving the delicious ice creams from the Bluebell Dairy.

The sun will shine on 24th June so put this date in your diary, come along and enjoy the fun!


We are delighted to be able to announce the authors for our Hachette Publishers Teen Author Panel and book signing (taking place between 1pm and 2pm during the event):

Teri Terry

Book: Contagion, just published 18th May


An epidemic is sweeping the country.
You are among the infected. There is no cure; and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine. 

Teri is an old friend of our school and has a very loyal and excited readership.

Irena Brignull

Book: The Hawkweed Legacy: Book 2 (The Hawkweed Prophecy), just published on June 1st

Poppy Hooper doesn't want to be the queen of the witches.
But some problems can't be left behind.
Some love stories can't be forgotten.
Some friendships won't be broken.
And some enemies won't stay dead ...

Irena Brignull is a successful screenwriter. Since working on the screenplay of The Boxtrolls, Irena has been writing an adaptation of The Little Prince directed by Mark Osborne and starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. Previously, Irena was a Script Executive at the BBC and then Head of Development at Dogstar Films where she was the script editor on Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Bravo Two Zero to name a few. Irena holds a BA in English Literature from Oxford University. The Hawkweed Prophecy was her first novel and is a popular read at Derby High School.

Leo Hunt

Book: Seven Trees of Stone: Thirteen Days of Midnight Trilogy Book 3  just published 3rd May

The third and final chapter in Leo Hunt's epic supernatural series. It's time for Luke to pay his debt to the devil ...

The first book, Thirteen Days of Midnight, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award.

Luke Manchett is coming to terms with his new life. The life where his girlfriend is a witch, he's a necromancer, and he owes a life debt to the devil. But that's just the start. An invasion is coming - led by a spirit even worse than the devil himself. And it's heading straight for Luke.

Leo Hunt was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1991. He grew up around books, and his mother's job at Seven Stories in Newcastle left a strong impression on his choice of career. He realised he wanted to either be an author or an archeologist - but when he learned that archaeologists didn't unearth piles of perfectly preserved dinosaur bones every time they put a spade in the ground, he decided on the former.

Leo started writing Thirteen Days of Midnight when he was 19, in his first year at the University of East Anglia. He graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in American Literature and Creative Writing. He currently lives in London.

Entry to the teen author panel session is by ticket only.  Tickets cost £3 per person and are available from the box office at Derby High: / 01332 514267.  Those purchasing tickets for the teen author panel will be waived the £1 entry fee for the festival.

The sun will shine on June 24th so put this date in your diary, come along and join in the fun!