We are delighted to announce that tickets for a delightful first dozen of our Festival events for 2019 are now available for sale via the Subscription Rooms Box Office!

Thursday 7th November

20.30 – 21.30  My Name is Why: Lemn Sissay
Lemn Sissay, acclaimed poet, playwright, author and broadcaster (and most recently PEN / Pinter prizewinner) in conversation with Adam Horovitz about his extraordinary memoir “My Name is Why”.  Presented in partnership with SVA.
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Friday 8th November

20.15 – 21.30 Machines Like Me: Ian McEwan – Sponsored by Bailey Paints
Stroud Book Festival Patron and award-winning author Ian McEwan – recently described as our foremost storyteller – in conversation with Professor Jon Cook of the University of East Anglia, discussing his latest novel “Machines Like Me”.
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Saturday 9th November

10.00 – 11.00  Julia Donaldson and Friends
Come along for a fantastic family celebration of the 20th birthday of “The Gruffalo” with the fabulous Julia Donaldson and friends, in a fun-packed hour of dramatised stories, songs and audience participaton. Age 4+.
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10.30-11.30 A Giant Dose of Gross! Andy Seed
Celebrate the world’s most disgusting creatures with Andy Seed, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, as he reveals the gruesome contents of his new book, “A Giant Dose of Gross”. Age 7-11.
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12.00-13.00 Story in a Suitcase:Tom Percival
Join author and illustrator extraordinaire Tom Percival for a whistle-stop tour of YOUR imagination! After offering you few ideas about WHAT to draw and HOW to draw it, Tom will help EVERYONE invent a story. Age 4-7.
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14.00 – 15.00 Sneaky Beak: Tracey Corderoy
Join Stroud’s own Tracey Corderoy for a brilliantly creative hour of story-telling and crafting, inspired by her two most recent picture books, “The One-Stop Story Shop” and “Sneaky Beak”.  Age 4-7.
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 14.00 – 15.00 The Way We Eat Now: Bee Wilson
Award-winning food writer Bee Wilson,  and the author of “The Way We Eat Now: Strategies for Eating in a World of Change”, in conversation with fellow food writer, Matthew Fort about our 21st century eating habits, from bland bananas to the dangers of the disappearing lunch hour; and why the way most people currently eat is not sustainable – either for the planet or for human health.
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16:15 – 17:15 Circus Magic: Nell Gifford & Sally Gardner – Supported by Sofas and Stuff
Roll up, roll up for a magical hour of fun and laughter with the one and only Nell Gifford, owner and producer of Giffords Circus, talking about her gorgeous new picture book, “Nell & the Circus of Dreams”. Sharing star billing with Nell is Costa and Carnegie Medal-winning author Sally Gardner, talking about her fabulous new book, “Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Sea Dragon” which was also inspired by the thrills and spills of the circus.. Age 6 – Adult.
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16:00 – 17:30 What Katie Read: A Celebration: Katie Fforde, Anstey Harris, Joe Heap – Sponsored by Waitrose Stroud
Earlier this year, Stroud’s own Katie Fforde published her 25th novel, “A Rose Petal Summer”. It went straight to Number One in the bestseller lists for hardback fiction. In celebration of these remarkable achievements, we have invited Katie to host this very special event, joined by Anstey Harris and Joe Heap, the authors of her two favourite debut novels of the past year. Ticket price includes a glass of pink fizz (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and a slice of celebration cake.
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20.00 – 21.00 Lanny: Max Porter
Join award-winning novelist Max Porter, accompanied by live music from acclaimed Herefordshire folk duo Alula Down, for a spellbinding live performance of his strange and wonderful “Lanny”, heralded by the critics, long-listed for the 2019 Booker prize, and soon to be a film, starring and produced by Rachel Weisz.
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Sunday 10th November

15.00 – 16.00 Madame Badobedah: Sophie Dahl
Already the author of bestselling books for adults, Sophie Dahl’s first children’s book “Madame Badobedah” is a timeless story celebrating the power of friendship and of imagination. Come and hear Sophie tell us all about the inspirations behind this warm and sparky story. Age 6 – adult.
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19.00 – 20.00 Turning the Boat for Home: Richard Mabey
In our Festival Finale, acclaimed nature writer Richard Mabey, will be in conversation with Professor Jon Cook to mark the publication of his sort-of memoir, “Turning the Boat for Home”. He will reflect on a life writing about nature, and his epiphany that a sense of ‘neighbourliness may be the model for our relationship with the rest of the living world’.  In association with Stroud Valleys Project.
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Tickets  for the following events on sale soon!
Aardman Animations・Kamal Ahmed・Bosh!・Katy Brand・Marina Cantacuzino・Polly Clark・Annie Deadman・John Dougherty・Nathan Filer・Dave Goulson・Kate Hamer・C.Higgins・Rob Hopkins・Kerry Hudson・Cynthia Jefferies・Dinah Jefferies・Neal Layton・Sue LimbLittle Fish・Caroline Montague・Nine Arches Poetry・David Nott・James O’NeillDavid Parker・Marian Partington・Ingrid Persaud・ Piranha Poetry・Poppy & Sam・David Runciman・Molly Scott Cato・Katri Skala・Stroud Short Stories・Kassia St Clair・Nina Stibbe・Andrew Taylor・Bev Thomas・Zeba Talkhani

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