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Bookmarked: Mary Portas, Tom Kerridge and Clive Myrie top the book festival bill


The great and the good have been pencilled in for the upcoming Stroud Book Festival.

This autumn’s festival, which takes place from November 8-12 is set to feature a raft of big names, including Stroud-based star Mary Portas, chef Tom Kerridge and presenter Clive Myrie.

The programme gets underway in delicious fashion with Gloucestershire-born Kerridge a multi Michelin-starred chef and pub champion.

Portas will treat the audience to her Desert Island Books and BBC broadcaster Myrie will be the Friday night headliner as he discusses his forthcoming memoir, “Everything is Everything”.

This year’s programme will also feature the announcement of the Laurie Lee Prizes for Writing 2023, as well as the next event from Stroud Short Stories, and a wealth of other Five Valleys writing talent.

To headline the children’s programme, Cressida Cowell, world-famous author of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series and former Children’s Laureate. Much-loved, multi-award winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph will be here to take you on some fantastic drawing adventures. And making a return visit to our Schools’ Days is the brilliant Joseph Coelho, the current Children’s Laureate

Lovers of fiction can look forward to appearances by renowned novelist and short story writer, Tessa Hadley; and bestselling novelist Sarah Winman, whose latest novel “Still Life” was a Guardian Best Book of 2021.

Renowned theatre director Bill Alexander shares the wisdom he has learned over many decades of staging Shakespeare at the RSC and elsewhere.

Stroud Book Festival Programme Director Caroline Sanderson said: “It’s always a thrilling moment when Children’s Programme Director Jane Churchill and I reveal our first events: it makes the next Festival begin to feel real and exciting. We’re so happy to be welcoming such a distinguished and diverse selection of authors to Stroud Book Festival 2023, and we still have further events up our sleeves”.

More Stroud Book Festival 2023 events will be announced in the coming weeks, with tickets on sale from early September. For further information, please see our Stroud Book Festival website: www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk.

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