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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Free to enter, and open to unpublished Gloucestershire writers across a range of genres, the Laurie Lee Prize for Writing was created last year to acknowledge and honour the work of Stroud’s most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.


October 26, 2022

Excitement is building for the seventh Stroud Book Festival, which gets under way in a week’s time on Wednesday 2nd November.

You can book tickets for these, and all our other events via the box office at Stroud Sub Rooms – You can also book by phone – 01453 796880 – or in-person (Tuesday-Saturday).

An Interview with Gaia Vince

October 24, 2022

The warning could not be starker. “With every degree of temperature increase, roughly a billion people will be pushed outside the zone in which humans have lived for thousands of years. We are running out of time to manage the coming upheaval before it becomes overwhelming and deadly”. So writes award-winning science writer Gaia Vince in her new book, “Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval”.


October 7, 2022

Just under a month before the start of Stroud Book Festival 2022, and we’re happy to report that tickets are selling well for this year’s celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages.

An Interview with Manni and Reuben Coe

October 6, 2022

At the age of 38, Reuben Coe was living in a care home for adults with learning disabilities. For over a year, including through the first months of the pandemic he had become non-verbal, and unable to express his thoughts and feelings except drawing on paper with felt-tip pens. He was deeply depressed and heavily medicated, struggling with the physical reality of having Down’s Syndrome and cut off from everyone he loved. A pitiful photo taken at this time shows Reuben at the window of the care home: his palm against the glass, his expression anguished. For this previously exuberant and independent man with a BTEC in drama, renowned for his singing, and for dressing up, and for jumping onto a podium and dancing with his shirt off in a gay club in Edinburgh one New Year’s Eve, his psychiatrist predicted only a 10% chance of a return to his former self.

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