Laurie Lee Prize for Writing – Open for Entries!

Stroud Book Festival is delighted to announce that The Laurie Lee Prize for Writing 2024 is now open for entries.
Free to enter, and open to unpublished Gloucestershire writers across a range of genres, the Laurie Lee Prize for Writing was created in 2022 to acknowledge and honour the work of Stroud’s most famous son, Laurie Lee (1914-1997).

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Further Events Announced!

It’s now just two weeks before tickets go on sale for Stroud Book Festival 2023. They will be available to purchase online, by phone, or in person from the Stroud Sub Rooms box office from Friday 8 September.

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2023 Laurie Lee Prize for Writing Open for Entries

We are delighted to announce that The Laurie Lee Prize for Writing 2023 is now open for entries.

Free to enter, and open to unpublished Gloucestershire writers across a range of genres, the Laurie Lee Prize for Writing was created last year to acknowledge and honour the work of Stroud’s most famous son, Laurie Lee (1914-1997).

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ONE WEEK TO GO!

Excitement is building for the seventh Stroud Book Festival, which gets under way in a week’s time on Wednesday 2nd November.

You can book tickets for these, and all our other events via the box office at Stroud Sub Rooms – www.subrooms.co.uk. You can also book by phone – 01453 796880 – or in-person (Tuesday-Saturday).

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An Interview with Gaia Vince

The warning could not be starker. “With every degree of temperature increase, roughly a billion people will be pushed outside the zone in which humans have lived for thousands of years. We are running out of time to manage the coming upheaval before it becomes overwhelming and deadly”. So writes award-winning science writer Gaia Vince in her new book, “Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval”.

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FOUR WEEKS TO GO!

Just under a month before the start of Stroud Book Festival 2022, and we’re happy to report that tickets are selling well for this year’s celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages.

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An Interview with Manni and Reuben Coe

At the age of 38, Reuben Coe was living in a care home for adults with learning disabilities. For over a year, including through the first months of the pandemic he had become non-verbal, and unable to express his thoughts and feelings except drawing on paper with felt-tip pens. He was deeply depressed and heavily medicated, struggling with the physical reality of having Down’s Syndrome and cut off from everyone he loved. A pitiful photo taken at this time shows Reuben at the window of the care home: his palm against the glass, his expression anguished. For this previously exuberant and independent man with a BTEC in drama, renowned for his singing, and for dressing up, and for jumping onto a podium and dancing with his shirt off in a gay club in Edinburgh one New Year’s Eve, his psychiatrist predicted only a 10% chance of a return to his former self.

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2022 Festival Dates & The Laurie Lee Writing Prize

Dear Friends, Welcome to the first Stroud Book Festival News of 2022. Though we may have gone a little quiet since our 2021 Festival last November, we have been busy behind the scenes. Following a few team changes, we are now forging ahead with the 2022 Festival. We have set our 2022 dates and look…

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