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Stroud Book Festival Brochure is here!

Drum roll…. Our digital brochure is now ready! Click on this link to see all the wonderful events we have lined up at Stroud Book Festival 2019.  Paper copies will be out next week.  Everybody Welcome! 6-10th November 2019 at venues around Stroud. 




SBF Box Office Now Open

We are delighted to announce that the box office for all events at Stroud Book Festival 2019 is now open!

FamiliesfictionforgivenessFaber’s 90thfood, futurefabricsfilmfitness and fun are all on the menu, as we present over 50 events across the five day Festival, which this year runs from 6-10 November 2019.  

For the 2019 programme, we have introduced a Sustainable Stroud Badge for our strand of events which highlights sustainability and environment issues, and which support Stroud District’s aim of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Look out also for our Children’s event badge which highlights events in our wonderful line-up for children, young people and families, as well as the programme for our second Schools’ Day, designed for primary schools in Gloucestershire.

A number of events have already sold out of their early ticket quota, including Lemn Sissay, Ian McEwan and Julia Donaldson. So do book fast, to avoid disappointment.  

To sum up Stroud Book Festival this year, we can’t do better than quote the inimitable Sue Limb: 

‘When we grow up we sometimes feel we’ve lost the joy of plunging into an imaginary  new world. We feel besieged by political angst, taxes, illness and bereavement. But that childhood feeling of escape is still available to us, through our imaginations: the moment we open a book.’

So come on in! Everyone is welcome. 


Bailey Paints Ltd announced as headline sponsor for Stroud Book Festival 2019

The Directors of Stroud Book Festival are delighted to announce Bailey Paints Ltd as the headline sponsors of Stroud Book Festival. This is their third successive year sponsoring the Festival, which last year drew record ticket sales and sell-out events.

This year Bailey Paints Ltd have extended their support to include sponsorship of the Festival’s headline event, Ian McEwan, talking about his  latest novel “Machines Like Me” on Friday 8th November at 20:15 at the Subscription Rooms, Stroud.  Ian McEwan, Patron of Stroud Book Festival, has been described as our foremost storyteller and will be in conversation with Professor Jon Cook of the University of East Anglia.  As anticipated, tickets to the event are selling out fast, full details and link to our box office here.

Richard Townsend, Managing Director of Bailey Paints says: “We are very proud to be supporting the Stroud Book Festival again this year. It is wonderful to see such a fantastic event occurring in Stroud, and it means a great deal to us to be involved.”

Stroud Book Festival Director Paul McLaughlin adds: “We are delighted to have the generous participation of Bailey Paints again this year. The festival would not exist without the backing of local businesses, and we are so grateful for their increased support as the Headline Sponsor.”

About Bailey Paints: Bailey Paints began making paints in Stroud in 1889. Their large shop at Griffin Mill in Thrupp has a wide range of designer and trade paints, wood finishes and wallpaper. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to assist with colour choice and product advice, making sure you have a colour you are happy with and a product suitable for the job.

 Stroud Book Festival 2018: Graphic representation of Stroud town: