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STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2021

“Our new Festival strapline – “A celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages” – encapsulates the ethos behind this year’s programme, created during a pandemic that has changed us all. We will bring you speakers to challenge, inform and even alter your perspective, but also events that will entertain, comfort and raise a laugh as we celebrate the vital role books and their authors play in our lives”.  Caroline Sanderson, Festival Co-Director and Artistic Director.

Our 2021 Festival Events are now on sale!

 

 

ABOUT STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL

Stroud Book Festival celebrates all things books. Headed up by a team of local authors, literary and cultural professionals, and with Ian McEwan as patron, the festival presents a creative programme of high-quality, entertaining and thought-provoking events to engage this vibrant local community. Stroud Book Festival contributes to the town’s thriving cultural landscape, making sure books are fully represented.

LATEST NEWS & UPDATES

Bailey Paints, Books and Me by Christy Blanch

July 26, 2021

Our latest Blog from Christy Blanch of Bailey Paints

First Names announced: Mary Portas, Sir Michael Morpurgo, Kate Mosse, Hassan Akkad & more!

July 23, 2021

We are delighted to announce the first names for Stroud Book Festival 2021!

Heartfelt Thanks to Arts Council England

July 7, 2021

We are very grateful to again receive a Project Grant from the Arts Council England, particularly with the universally challenging conditions of COVID-19. We can’t wait to bring our programme of events to venues in Stroud this November.  This grant also allows us to create digital versions of some of our events, for those who…

Stroud Book Festival shortlisted for SoGlos Event of the Year!

July 7, 2021

We are absolutely over the moon to be shortlisted for the SoGlos Event of the Year 2021! The winner will be decided by a public vote, which will close on Friday 17 September. There are so many wonderful events in Gloucestershire, many worthy winners, well done everyone! We would be so grateful to get your…

The Big Reveal: Meet our Stroud Book Festival Illustration for 2021 by Louise Brice

May 20, 2021

Joining the extremely talented list of past Stroud Book Festival illustrators is Lucia Leyfield, artist, letterer and creative educator..

Why Stroud has a Book Festival by Caroline Sanderson

March 29, 2021

As co-director of Stroud Book Festival, the news that Stroud has been named “Best Place to Live” in the UK by The Sunday Times has entirely refocused my mind on the reasons why we have a book festival, just as we announce the 2021 dates for our (everything crossed) live and in-person events from 3-7 November.

STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2020 – Launch of full programme

October 5, 2020

Dear Friends of Stroud Book Festival, In this, our 5th birthday year, we are thrilled to launch our online programme for 2020. Every single one of our 24 online events has been programmed in the spirit of celebrating community, not just in Stroud and the Five Valleys, but also in the context of our wider…

We did it! £10,000 raised to make the 2020 Festival free and accessible to all

September 8, 2020

We are overjoyed to announce that we have raised over £10,000 to meet the target of our crowdfunding campaign. Our fundraising campaign, which ran for 6 weeks over the summer and ended on 31st August, was launched to help make the 2020 online programme of events free and accessible to everyone, whatever their means, location…

Festival Illustration announced, 16 July 2020

July 16, 2020

This year’s Stroud Book Festival will be ONLINE! Please watch this space for news on our crowdfunder, launching end of July 2020.

Stroud Book Festival ONLINE this year

June 30, 2020

This year’s Stroud Book Festival (4th-8th November) will take place ONLINE.