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Tickets on sale for Stroud Book Festival


Tickets are now on sale for the Stroud Book Festival.

The festival will take place from 2-6 November at the Sub Rooms,
Lansdown Hall, Stroud Library, and the Museum in the Park.

The full programme of 40 events –revealed today – encompasses prize-winning novelists and poets, and bestselling children’s authors, as well as writers across many other genres including popular and environmental science, military history, current affairs, memoir, and natural history.

Headlining our children’s programme, we are thrilled to welcome the legendary
Julia Donaldson back to Stroud for one of her unmissable shows featuring
characters from her bestselling books. Also joining us is brilliant space scientist and “The Sky at Night” presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to talk about her book, “Am I Made of Stardust?”. And fans of “Supertato” will be happy to hear that the picture books’ creators, Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, will be dropping into Stroud.

Our 2022 programme for adults will be headlined by Festival patron, Ian McEwan who will be talking about his new novel, “Lessons”. Legendary Guyana-born poet John Agard will be here to give an evening poetry performance, as well as a Schools’ Day event.

Novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse joins us to 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”.

And as ever, the Stroud Book Festival programme also includes a strong showing of Gloucestershire writers including Angela Findlay, Jamila Gavin, Arthur Snell, Juliet Davenport, Tracey Corderoy, Adam Horovitz, Madeleine Bunting, Penny Parkes, Christopher Edge, Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, Kate
Riordan, Rachel Joyce and Jane Bailey

Stroud Book Festival Programme Director Caroline Sanderson said: “What a wonderful prospect that such a distinguished and diverse group of authors
are joining us at Stroud Book Festival 2022. Our ambition every year is to produce a programme with a distinctly Stroud flavour that will entertain, start conversations, help us grapple with world events, spark joy, and above all celebrate the myriad possibilities of the written word. We hope very much that the 2022 programme has something for all types of reader, both in Stroud and beyond.”

Stroud Book Festival is hugely grateful to all its supporters and sponsors who help make our annual Festival happen.
For further information, please see our Stroud Book Festival website:

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