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Maker Call Out – Derby Poetry Festival Bookcase Project

Derby Poetry Festival are looking to recruit a Derby or Derbyshire-based Carpenter/Artist/Maker for an upcoming project launching later in the year. We’re looking for someone to devise, design and make a portable bookcase which will be used to distribute books at festivals, events, and areas of cultural interest (both indoor and outdoor locations) across Derbyshire.

The ideal candidate will have experience in designing and making and working to a brief, but also feel comfortable in presenting their own ideas to the wider DPF team.

Considerations for maker: 

  • Portability (can it travel in a car if necessary, wheels)

  • Ease of Use/Set up for 1-2 people

  • Derby/shire related design but not essential

  • Accessibility and functionality

About Derby Poetry Festival

Derby Poetry Festival is a four-day poetry and literature festival held in the centre of Derby in the autumn. We are dedicated to developing new writing talent in Derby and bringing excellent poetry to the city. 

Previous headliners include Terrance Hayes, Linton Quasi Johnson, recent T S Elliott winner Joelle Taylor and Shivanee Ramlochan. 

We host a range of performances, workshops, slams and panel discussions for all ages in partnership with many venues in the city including Quad, Derby Libraries, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, DEDA and Waterstones. Supported by Arts Council England.



The Fee is £1000 for the maker, we expect this to cover approx. 5 days of work at £200 per day. There is an additional budget for materials, cost to be discussed with candidates



We’d like to begin using the bookcase in Summer/Autumn 2024.

Please submit your expression of interest by Midnight on Friday 12th July 2024

We welcome expressions of interest no more than 2 sides of A4, outlining relevant experience and/or similar projects.


For more information or to register your interest please contact 

Download the callout here.

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