Polly Toynbee & David Walker
“What has the state ever done for you? Everything”

20:00-22:30 Thursday 2nd November

Subscription Rooms, Ballroom
Tickets £12 concs £10: Available from Subscription Rooms

Polly Toynbee, award winning Guardian columnist, and David Walker, former managing director at the Audit Commission and founding editor of Guardian Public, discuss their new best-selling book ‘Dismembered’.

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Adam Horovitz & Becky Dellow
The Soil Never Sleeps

18:00 - 19:00 Friday 3rd November

Lansdown Hall
Tickets £8 concs £6: Available from Subscription Rooms

Poet Adam Horovitz and fiddle player Becky Dellow bring us a sneak preview of Horovitz’s new book of poems, The Soil Never Sleeps, which charts a year spent visiting four pasture farms across England and Wales.

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THE BIG READ: Getting Gloucestershire Reading Together
William Fiennes - The Snow Geese

20:00-21:30 Friday 3rd November

Lansdown Hall
Tickets £12 concs £10: Available from Subscription Rooms

Stroud Book Festival’s aim is to get as many people as possible reading the same book at the same time, culminating in a talk by the author.
This year’s choice for the BIG READ is award winning memoir and travel book The Snow Geese – a mesmerising story of adventure by bestselling author William Fiennes.

The Big Read is sponsored by Wycliffe College

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Tonight with Elvis: Writers' Special
John Street Social Club at SVA

Doors open 20:00 Friday 3rd November

Stroud Valleys Artspace (SVA)
£1 on the door

Join me and my Co-host Dr.Shiraz on ‘Tonight with Elvis’. It’s gonna be LITERALLY incredible man!

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The Emergency Poet
The world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service

Saturday 4th November

Somewhere in Stroud!
Look out for her ambulance around town / Free event

In a mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations and prescribes cures inside her 1970’s ambulance.

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Stroud Library
Story times and craft events

Various days and times 23rd - 27th October

Stroud Library
Ticketless event - free

To celebrate Stroud Book Festival coming to town, Stroud library are hosting a number of children’s craft events scheduled over half term (23 – 27 October).

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Meet the Authors With Stroud Bookshop
Mass signing event and book recommendations

10:00-12:00 Saturday 4th November

Subscription Rooms, George Room
Ticketless event - free

Authors local and national at this year’s Festival will be available to chat about their books and sign copies.

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Andrew Morrison Workshop
Books With Secrets

10:30-16:00 Saturday 4th November

The Pavilion, Museum in the Park
Tickets £25 concs £20: Booking Necessary 01453 763394

Join book artist Andrew Morrison for a creative one day workshop making beautiful, unique books that have hidden compartments and concealed pages – books perfect for holding secrets!

Suitable for adults and students 16+ looking to expand their art and design portfolios.


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Tracey Corderoy
Fairy Tale Pets

11.00 - 12.00 Saturday 4th November

Stroud Library
£3.00 per child, suitable for ages 3-6: Available from Subscription Rooms

Join Tracey Corderoy for stories and hands-on craft activities as she introduces her latest book Fairy Tale Pets.
Suitable for ages 3 – 6

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Hannah Shaw
Villains and Baddies!

11:30am-3:30pm, Saturday 4th November

The Museum in the Park
Entry £2 a child: Drop-in session for ages 5+

Join Hannah Shaw and imagine and make a stick puppet character.

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