“Stroud Book Festival is one of the best in the country - intimate, stimulating and fun”
Ian McEwan

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2023 festival – we could not exist without you. We are already looking forward to welcoming you back to our amazing venues from 6 to 10 November 2024.

We will have lots more content to share on our website soon, including some amazing videos from past festivals and we leave you here with a few photos from this past festival, taken by the amazing Tamara Kwan!


Laurie Lee Prize for Writing – Open for Entries!

April 2, 2024

Stroud Book Festival is delighted to announce that The Laurie Lee Prize for Writing 2024 is now open for entries.
Free to enter, and open to unpublished Gloucestershire writers across a range of genres, the Laurie Lee Prize for Writing was created in 2022 to acknowledge and honour the work of Stroud’s most famous son, Laurie Lee (1914-1997).

SBF 2024 – Plans Underway!

March 19, 2024

Dear Festival Friends   PLANS UNDERWAY! Spring is finally springing and we’re now hard at work on Stroud Book Festival 2024. We look forward to sharing exciting events news a bit later in the year. Meanwhile please mark our 2024 dates in your diaries if you haven’t already done so: 6–10 November. Thank you once…

Stroud Book Festival 2023 is Here!

November 7, 2023

Dear Festival Friends HERE WE GO! Stroud Book Festival 2023 is here! We are thrilled with all your support for this year’s programme, and are much looking forward to welcoming Festival goers to all our events over the next week. The Festival gets under way in style this evening with another sold-out Stroud Short Stories…

A Week (& a Bit) to Go!

October 26, 2023

Dear Festival Friends With just over a week to go before our first 2023 Stroud Book Festival event (the now sold out Stroud Short Stories on Sunday 5th November), it’s time to buy your tickets if you haven’t done so already. Several more of our events are close to selling out, so please do book…

Book Local!

October 20, 2023

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?  …

An Interview with Nina Stibbe

October 20, 2023

Ten years ago this month, an utter delight called “Love, Nina”, by a first-time author from Leicestershire landed on my desk. Writing in my preview for November 2013, I described it as “Adrian Mole meets Mary Poppins, mashed-up in literary North London”. Acclaim, awards, four novels and a BBC TV adaptation of “Love, Nina” by…

Plan Your Festival

October 14, 2023

Dear Festival Friends We hope by now you’ve been able to browse through our 2023 Stroud Book Festival brochure either in printed form or at stroudbookfestival.org.uk, and are looking forward to being part of our annual celebration of stories, ideas and community in a little over three weeks’ time. If you’re still deciding which events…

Four Weeks until Festival Lift-Off

October 8, 2023

Dear Festival Friends In a little over 4 weeks, Stroud Book Festival 2023 will get under way. Our first event is “Love is Strange” – the 26th event from the brilliant Stroud Short Stories, on Sunday 5thNovember. Tickets go on sale on Friday 13th October from the Cotswold Playhouse website but you’ll need to be…

2023 Brochure: Out Now!

October 8, 2023

Dear Festival Friends We’re delighted to announce that our 2023 Stroud Book Festival printed brochure is out now. Containing full details of all this year’s events taking place from 8th – 12th November, and with a striking cover design by our 2023 illustrator, Hannah Dyson, it is available to pick up from Stroud Bookshop, Stroud…

An Interview with Victoria Belim

September 27, 2023

A “Wild Swans” for Ukraine is how I’ve come to think of “The Rooster House: A Ukrainian Family Memoir” by Victoria Belim. An enthralling, richly-layered story, told across four generations, it’s a major 2023 title for Virago, was one of the most talked-about books at London Book Fair 2022, and is set to be published…


Stroud Book Festival celebrates all things books. Headed up by a team of local authors, literary and cultural professionals, and with Ian McEwan as patron, the festival presents a creative programme of high-quality, entertaining and thought-provoking events to engage this vibrant local community. Stroud Book Festival contributes to the town’s thriving cultural landscape, making sure books are fully represented.