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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…

An Interview with Clive Myrie

September 15, 2023

At the tender age of five, we learn in the opening chapters of his book, “Everything is Everything: A Memoir of Love, Hate and Hope”, the BBC’s Clive Myrie was so terrified on his first day at St Michael’s Church of England School in Bolton, that he threw up in the classroom. Almost 55 years…

Tickets on sale this Friday! Time to plan your Festival…

September 4, 2023

We’re delighted to say that our full Stroud Book Festival 2023 programme of more than 30 events is now available to browse on our website –

Further Events Announced!

August 27, 2023

It’s now just two weeks before tickets go on sale for Stroud Book Festival 2023. They will be available to purchase online, by phone, or in person from the Stroud Sub Rooms box office from Friday 8 September.

Hannah Dyson: Our 2023 Illustrator

June 12, 2023

Today we’re thrilled to launch our official illustration for Stroud Book Festival 2023, specially commissioned from local artist and illustrator, Hannah Dyson. The launch of our original Festival design each year is always a hugely exciting moment for us. Committed as we are to supporting creators here in the Five Valleys, each year we commission…

Six months to go……and we need your vote!

May 26, 2023

SIX MONTHS TO GO…..AND WE NEED YOUR VOTE! We can’t quite believe it but this year’s Stroud Book Festival – 8-12 November 2023 – is now a little under six months away. Since we were last in touch, the Festival team has been hard at work, planning five days of compelling events for all ages…

Save the Dates … 8–12 November 2023

March 6, 2023

Dear Festival Friends As one Book Festival ends, the planning for the next begins… Well, almost. After the curtain came down on Stroud Book Festival 2022, our Festival team did take a couple of months’ break. But now, with only 8 months to go before the next Stroud Book Festival opens on 8th November, we…

2023 Laurie Lee Prize for Writing Open for Entries

March 2, 2023

We are delighted to announce that The Laurie Lee Prize for Writing 2023 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 last year to acknowledge and honour the work of Stroud’s most famous son, Laurie Lee (1914-1997).

Stroud Book Festival 2022 is a Wrap!

November 14, 2022

Dear Festival friends, It all went by so fast! But what a time we had at Stroud Book Festival 2022, across five days of wonderful events for readers of all ages.

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