20:00-22:30 Thursday 2nd November
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’.
20:00-21:30 Friday 3rd November
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
10:00-12:00 Saturday 4th November
Authors local and national at this year’s Festival will be available to chat about their books and sign copies.
14:30 - 15:30 Saturday 4th November
Hugh Warwick – ecologist and writer – talks about his latest book Linescapes in which he investigates the impact that the lines we make in our landscape have on the capacity of wildlife to thrive.
17:00-18:00 Saturday 4th November
Rachel Joyce, fiction writer and author of The Music Shop, a novel about learning how to listen and how to feel; and Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of bracingly honest self-help book A Manual for Heartache, join us to discuss how they go about writing books that arrive at the nub of who we are.
12:30-13:30 Sunday 5th November
Drawing on his experience as senior editor and then author, Anthony will be talking about what publishers do and how they work and describing some of the major characters in the publishing world.
14:30-15:30 Sunday 5th November
John Mitchinson, founder of pioneering crowdfunding publisher Unbound, talks to Tom Cox, bestselling author and holder of the record for fastest-ever book on the Unbound site to discuss how the process works
16:15-17:15 Sunday 5th November
With 30 years of experience as a food critic, travel writer and adventurer, Matthew Fort is an excellent guide through the culinary and cultural history of the Italian Islands as he spends the summer travelling leisurely – by Vespa and ferry – through all of Italy’s 52 islands.
18:00-19:00 Sunday 5th November
Writer and poet Tamsin Treverton Jones talks about her new book Windblown, a unique portrait of The Great Storm of 1987 and a moving exploration of legacy, loss and our relationship with the natural world.