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Dear Festival Friends

Each year at Stroud Book Festival we take pride in featuring a host of Gloucestershire authors in our programme and this year is no exception.

Read on for a selection of events starring writers from close to home…why not join us in supporting them by booking a local ticket or two?


Glos Mythos with Emma Kernahan, JLM Morton, & Mara Simpson

Friday 10th November, 8.30-9.30pm at Lansdown Hall

We’re so looking forward to this dynamic performance from three hugely talented Stroud creators: award-winning poet JLM Morton, prose writer Emma Kernahan and composer Mara Simpson (pictured above). It has been specially devised for Stroud Book Festival in response to Morton & Kernahan’s book, “Glos Mythos”, published by local Dialect Press. It promises to be a treat – don’t miss it.


Cosy but Criminal with Kat Ailes & Debbie Young

Sunday 12th November, 4.00-5.00pm at Lansdown Hall

With the huge success of novels by the likes of Richard Osman, the cosy crime genre is riding high in the bestseller charts. And here in Gloucestershire, we have two brilliant exponents of the genre: Kat Ailesand Debbie Young.

Kat’s hilarious debut novel, “The Expectant Detectives”, was runner-up for the Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize 2021. While Debbie Young is the prolific author of not one, but two brilliant cosy crime series including the St Bride’s novels, inspired by her time working at Westonbirt School.

Come and get cosy, criminal and local!



The Hare-Shaped Hole with John Dougherty & Thomas Docherty

Sunday 12th November, 12.15-1.00pm at Lansdown Hall

The beautiful latest picture book from Stroud’s very own award-winning children’s author, John Dougherty, is the soothing story of Bertie the turtle and his best friend, Hertle the Hare. When Hertle disappears and he realises she is gone forever, Bertie is a very sad turtle indeed. But then he starts to feel a teeny bit better when he realises that his happy memories of Hertle are also forever.

Join John and the book’s illustrator, Thomas Docherty, for an event full of music, drawing and a whole lot of heart.


Finally, we’re delighted to say that the latest issue of Cotswold Life, out today, features a terrific interview by editor Candia McCormack with our Wednesday night star, Tom Kerridge. It’s the perfect curtain-raiser for our event…for which there are still just a few tickets remaining. Book your tickets here.


You can buy your Stroud Book Festival tickets online from You can also book by calling 01453 796880, or in-person at the box office at the Sub Rooms (Tuesday-Saturday, 9-4pm).

And don’t forget to follow us on social media for all the latest Festival updates.

Twitter: @bookstroud



See you soon!

With love from

The Stroud Book Festival team x

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