Welcome to our 2021 Programme!

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Dear readers of Stroud and beyond!

The sixth annual Stroud Book Festival is almost here, and we are thrilled to share our 2021 Festival brochure with you!

For 2021, we have created a new Festival strapline – A Celebration of Stories, Ideas and Community for Readers of All Ages – to encapsulate the ethos behind this year’s programme, created during a pandemic that has changed us all.

This year’s Stroud Book Festival will bring you speakers to challenge, inform and even alter your perspective, but also events that will entertain, comfort and raise a laugh as we celebrate the vital role books and their authors play in our lives.

We’re delighted to be staging a live, in-person Festival once again, but if the past year has taught us anything it is that life is full of uncertainties. This means that our programme will inevitably be susceptible to change, so please check our website regularly for the latest updates, particularly if we have to move to a Covid contingency plan. For the majority of our events we will, in any case, be maintaining slightly reduced capacities to help keep everyone safe. Another reason to book your tickets soon!

And who better to introduce our 2021 programme than the brilliant Sue Limb, who writes:

“Boys and girls come out to play! The sun may not be shining in November, but the welcome will be warm and the conversation will sparkle. We’ve been cooped up for too long, and now at last we can celebrate books together, discuss the burning issues of the day and hear from some of the most inspiring writers on the planet.

There’s a cornucopia of delights to enchant the young – and the not-so-young will be transported too, back to the world of imagination, where anything is possible. So dive in: the words are lovely!”

We couldn’t agree more!  Dive in here:


We look forward very much to welcoming you to this year’s Stroud Book Festival.

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