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Stroud Book Festival 2017
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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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.

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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.
Stroud Bookshop staff will also be giving book recommendations from a wide range of genres.

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Hugh Warwick
Linescapes

14:30 - 15:30 Saturday 4th November

Subscription Rooms, George Room
Tickets £8 concs £6: Available from Subscription Rooms

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.

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Rachel Joyce & Cathy Rentzenbrick
Writing To The Heart

17:00-18:00 Saturday 4th November

Lansdown Hall
Tickets £10 concs £8: Available from Subscription Rooms

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.

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Anthony Burton
Both Sides of the Desk – an insider’s view on publishing and being published

12:30-13:30 Sunday 5th November

Subscription Rooms, George Room
Tickets £6, concs £5: Available from Subscription Rooms

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.

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John Mitchinson from Unbound
Crowdfunded Publishing

14:30-15:30 Sunday 5th November

Subscription Rooms, George Room
Tickets £6, concs £5: Available from Subscription Rooms

John Mitchinson, founder of pioneering crowdfunding publisher Unbound, gives insight into how crowdfunded publishing works.

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Matthew Fort
Summer in the Islands: An Italian Odyssey

16:15-17:15 Sunday 5th November

Lansdown Hall
Tickets £10 concs £8 : Available from Subscription Rooms

With 30 years of experience as a food critic, travel writer and adventurer, Mathew 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.

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Stroud Book Festival
Book Quiz

17.30-19.30 Sunday 5th November

The Alehouse
£2 per participant

Join our quizmaster local author John Dougherty for a queue of questions – from quaint to quirky – in a quality quiz. Bring a team or just come along yourself!

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Tamsin Treverton Jones
Windblown: A Portrait of the Great Storm

18:00-19:00 Sunday 5th November

Lansdown Hall
Tickets £10 concs £8: Available from Subscription Rooms

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.

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