Talks Programme

Locally interesting talks…

Kate Fenton

Kate Fenton – novelist

Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library is expanding and widening what it can offer to the local community in addition to being a place to borrow books. Even in our early days as a volunteer-run library, we hosted the occasional talk and, in 2015, a talks group was formed to plan an annual programme.

Naturally, as a community-based facility, we are keen to include as many local contributors as possible on topics that cover not just fiction or literary subjects but also history, heritage, the environment and other local-interest subjects. We have limited resources and are not able to offer fees or hefty travel expenses and are extremely encouraged by the number of talented local people who have offered their support.

Fred Normandale

Fred Normandale – local fisherman

Steve Race- wildlife photographer

We are now embarking on our third season, buoyed by the success of the first sets of talks. A few events sold out in advance, with the rest almost full, and the feedback received from the audiences was very positive. Information about speakers and purchase of tickets is available from the library and on the website/Facebook. All the talks are held at the library from 7 – 9pm, on the second Thursday of the month from October to April (ex December) and the ticket price includes refreshments.  It is advisable to book in advance!


*****  Tickets for the 2017-18 series are on sale now********

Click here for the full programme and further details


FIRST TALK    Thursday, 9th November, 2017 at 7pm

Susan Woodcock   ‘Copper to Shepherdess’

One of the country’s true eccentrics, Susan writes the ‘Wolds Diary’ in the Yorkshire Post. She is an accomplished and entertaining speaker and will tell us about her journey from village motorcycle bobby in Hampshire to shepherdess in Yorkshire.




Next talk: Dave Mead  ‘Voyage in a Frozen World’ Thursday, 11th January, 2018 at 7pm

Dave will give an audio-visual presentation about his trip of a lifetime to Antarctica. He is a renowned landscape photographer: the fabulous illustrations will take your breath away.