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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.

Tickets On Sale Now!

September 13, 2022

Dear Festival Friends STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2022:  TICKETS ON SALE NOW! We’re happy to announce that tickets are now on sale for our seventh annual celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages, via the box office at Stroud Sub Rooms. You can also book by phone – 01453 796880 – or…

First Events Announced!

July 25, 2022

Dear Festival Friends And…we’re off! Today we’re thrilled to reveal our first events for Stroud Book Festival 2022, which takes place on 2–6 November. Our 2022 programme for adults will be headlined by Festival patron, Ian McEwan (pictured left), who will be talking about his new novel, “Lessons”. Legendary Guyana-born poet John Agard  will be here to give an evening…

Schools’ Days 2022

July 14, 2022

STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL SCHOOLS’ DAYS 2022   Thursday 3rd November & Friday 4th November   Join us on a thrilling, time-travelling adventure… Journey with us to a mysterious island… Discover the power of poetry with a legendary poet… Eat a caterpillar cake & join a rocket race into space… Meet a tree called Adouette and…

Festival design launch for Stroud Book Festival 2022.

June 24, 2022

Today we’re thrilled to launch our design for Stroud Book Festival 2022. The launch of our unique and 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 a local illustrator to help us provide a…

Heartfelt Thanks to Arts Council England

July 7, 2021

We are very grateful to again receive a Project Grant from the Arts Council England, particularly with the universally challenging conditions of COVID-19. We can’t wait to bring our programme of events to venues in Stroud this November.  This grant also allows us to create digital versions of some of our events, for those who…

Stroud Book Festival shortlisted for SoGlos Event of the Year!

July 7, 2021

We are absolutely over the moon to be shortlisted for the SoGlos Event of the Year 2021! The winner will be decided by a public vote, which will close on Friday 17 September. There are so many wonderful events in Gloucestershire, many worthy winners, well done everyone! We would be so grateful to get your…

STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2020 – Launch of full programme

October 5, 2020

Dear Friends of Stroud Book Festival, In this, our 5th birthday year, we are thrilled to launch our online programme for 2020. Every single one of our 24 online events has been programmed in the spirit of celebrating community, not just in Stroud and the Five Valleys, but also in the context of our wider…

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