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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, 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 to book, here are some suggestions from the Festival team.



Adventures in Wonderland with Paul Charles

Friday 10th November, 9.00-10.00pm, Sub Rooms

For so many of us, music shapes our world; it becomes part of our DNA. But one of the mysteries of music is that we don’t quite know how – or why – a particular song gets right inside our heads, or why one artist rises to fame, while another just can’t get beyond the local pub gig.

In his unique memoir, “Adventures in Wonderland”, Paul Charles – a songwriter and crime writer as well as one of the world’s leading music agents – tries to answer these questions in a way that no book has done before.

From the moment he fell in love with music when he heard The Beatles’ “Please, Please Me” to working with a host of stars including Van Morrison, Ray Davies of the Kinks, Gerry Rafferty, The Waterboys and Dexys Midnight Runners; and having his own songs covered by Kendrick Lemar and Norah Jones, he charts his adventures in the wonderland of music.

We’re delighted Paul is joining us at Stroud Book Festival. Don’t miss this event in which he will be in conversation with Peter van Hooke, music producer and drummer for bands including Mike & the Mechanics.



Little Why: A Paper Engineering Workshop with Jonny Lambert

Saturday 11th November, 3.30-4.30pm, Museum in the Park, ages: 6-11

Who doesn’t love a pop-up book?

Now’s your chance to craft your own in this fantastic paper engineering workshop with author and illustrator, Jonny Lambert.

Based on his picture book, “Little Why” which stars an excitable little elephant, Jonny will teach you all about paper engineering as you try out techniques in cutting, creasing, forming and gluing to make your very own pop-up elephant. All materials are included in the ticket price.

The Immortal Games: A Creative Writing Workshop with Annaliese Avery

Sunday 12th November, 3.30-4.30pm, Museum in the Park, ages: 11-16

We’re totally intrigued by this cool creative writing workshop in which Annaliese Avery, author of YA romantasy “The Immortal Games”, will explain how to use dice to help you write your own stories.

Guiding you through the three fundamental elements of fiction, Annaliese will reveal how dice can provide the key to generating ideas, and get you started writing a story following the hero’s journey structure.


You can buy your Stroud Book Festival tickets online from You can also book by calling 01453 796880, or in-person at the box office at the Sub Rooms (Tuesday-Saturday, 9-4pm).

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See you soon!

With love from

The Stroud Book Festival team x

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