In view of rising cases of Covid-19, we want to reassure all our Festival-goers that we will be maintaining reduced capacities at all our events and in all our venues to help keep people safe, as well as taking all possible precautions.

The sixth annual Stroud Book Festival is almost here and who better than Festival favourite Sue Limb to introduce our 2021 Programme?  In Sue's words: 

"Boys and girls come out to play! The sun may not be shining in November, but the welcome will be warm and the conversation will sparkle. We’ve been cooped up for too long, and now at last we can celebrate books together, discuss the burning issues of the day and hear from some of the most inspiring writers on the planet.

There’s a cornucopia of delights to enchant the young – and the not-so-young will be transported too, back to the world of imagination, where anything is possible. So dive in: the words are lovely!"

We couldn’t agree more – dive in! 




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.


Memoir: The Power of Telling the Truth by Jess Wheeler

October 13, 2021

Growing up, I had very little knowledge of how broad a genre non-fiction truly is. In school, I learned that non-fiction books were travel guides and celebrity biographies. It wasn’t until I took a life writing module at university whilst studying for my Creative Writing and Publishing degree that I began to understand the power behind…

A Letter To My Younger Self by Shelby Gibbs

October 5, 2021

At 7 I wanted to be an author. At 12 I wanted to be a lawyer. At 16 I was clueless and at 18 I was sure I’d be a book editor. Truth be told, I’m not all that good at storytelling, debating, or proofreading…

Welcome to our 2021 Programme!

September 28, 2021

Dear readers of Stroud and beyond! The sixth annual Stroud Book Festival is almost here, and we are thrilled to share our 2021 Festival brochure with you! For 2021, we have created a new Festival strapline – A Celebration of Stories, Ideas and Community for Readers of All Ages – to encapsulate the ethos behind…

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…