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Headline speakers announced for Stroud Book Festival


Stroud Book Festival launch took place on Wednesday evening in the grounds of Stroud’s Museum in the Park.

The seventh annual Festival will take place from 2-6 November in venues across Stroud, including the Sub Rooms, Lansdown Hall, Stroud Library and the Museum in the Park.

Headlining the children’s programme is legendary author Julia Donaldson, back to Stroud for one of her unmissable shows featuring characters from her bestselling books.

Space scientist and The Sky at Night presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will talk about her book, Am I Made of Stardust? Fans of Supertato will be thrilled to hear that the picture books’ creators, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet will be dropping into Stroud.

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Camilla Hale, Cllr Stella Parkes, Stroud Mayor, and Shalize Nicholas from sponsor Bailey Paints.

The adults programme will be headlined by Festival patron, Ian McEwan, who will be talking about his new novel, Lessons. Legendary Guyana-born poet John Agard will give an evening poetry performance, as well as a Schools’ Day event. Novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse will discuss her new non-fiction book about forgotten women of history, Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World.

Acclaimed novelist Ali Smith will discuss her latest novel, Companion Piece. And we welcome renowned zoologist and TV presenter, Lucy Cooke to talk about her new book, Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal.

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Stroud authors Katie Fforde, Sarah Edghill, Sarah Steele and Mandy Robotham.

Programme Director Caroline Sanderson said: “It’s always an exciting moment when Children’s Programme Director Jane Churchill and I can reveal our first events because it marks the beginning of the build-up to another exhilarating Festival! We’re thrilled to be welcoming such a distinguished and diverse group of authors to Stroud Book Festival 2022, and we have plenty more events up our sleeves.”

Lots more Stroud Book Festival 2022 events will be announced in the coming weeks – for further information, please see our Stroud Book Festival website: www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk.

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