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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Memoir: The Power of Telling the Truth by Jess Wheeler

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…

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Welcome to our 2021 Programme!

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…

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Heartfelt Thanks to Arts Council England

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…

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Why Stroud has a Book Festival by Caroline Sanderson

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.

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STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2020 – Launch of full programme

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…

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