The Pulp frontman and Britpop legend entertained a capacity audience at Stroud Subscription Rooms on Sunday evening, bringing this year’s Stroud Book Festival to a close.
In collaboration with Pop/Up, Stroud’s new music and culture book club, he spoke to Siân Pattenden about his memoir Good Pop, Bad Pop which was published earlier this year.
Other headline events included a talk by BBC Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock entitled Are you made of Stardust? Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson joined Lydia Monks and friends to launch What the Ladybird heard at Christmas.
On Saturday at the Sub Rooms Gail Bradbrook, Howard Caygill and Sabrina Pace-Humphreys spoke about The Power of Protest.
Festival patron Ian McEwan gave the penultimate talk on Sunday evening about his new book, Lessons.
Caroline Sanderson, Programme Director of Stroud Book Festival, said: “We are delighted with the response to Stroud Book Festival 2022. With more than 30 events held over 5 days at Stroud Sub Rooms, Lansdown Hall, the Museum in the Park and Stroud Library.
“We welcomed back full capacity audiences this year, and several events sold out. We would like to thank all our generous sponsors who backed us to stage the festival, and all the fantastic authors who travelled to Stroud.
“Our brilliant Festival volunteers helped us achieve our goal of giving everyone the best possible experience so a massive thank you to them too. Most of all, we would like to thank everyone who bought tickets and supported this annual event – we’re thrilled that you like what we do, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s Stroud Book Festival – 8-12 November 2023!”
Pictures by Hannah Bigwood and Matt Bigwood