Stroud Book Festival

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Literature-lovers will be thrilled that Stroud Book Festival is set to return with in-person events in 2021, with Mary Portas and Michael Morpurgo set to headline.

Promising to be ‘a celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages’, Stroud Book Festival returns to the town this November 2021.

Taking place from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 November 2021, its diverse programme of events hopes to challenge, inform and alter perspectives, as well as comfort and entertain audiences of all ages.

Retail titan Mary Portas will be headlining the event, sharing her bold perspective on putting people and the planet first from her new book Rebuild: How to Thrive in the New Kindness Economy, while bestselling author and former children’s laureate, Michael Morpurgo, headlines the children and families part of the festival, with a talk about the 25th anniversary edition of his award-winning story The Butterfly Lion.

Critically acclaimed authors Kate Mosse and Madeleine Bunting will discuss how we care for others, both as families and the nation, in their compassionate talk; filmmaker and photographer, frontline NHS worker and refugee rights activist, Hassan Akkad, will be discussing his memoir Hope Not Fear; performance coach Owen Eastwood, who has worked with the likes of Team GB, the England football team and the South African cricket team, talks about his motivational book Belonging: The Ancient Code of Togetherness.

There will also be appearances from biologist and nature writer Merlin Sheldrake, How to be a Liberal author Ian Dunt and former Sky diplomatic editor and foreign affairs expert, Tim Marshall, while the Schools’ Day line-up includes authors Kate Pankhurst, Alex Wharton and Piers Torday.

Stroud Short Stories will be hosting ‘WILD’ on Sunday 7 November 2021 at Cotswold Playhouse, with readings of short stories from Gloucestershire authors; and there will be a writers’ workshop at Museum in the Park, in association with Dialect and Hawthorn Press, too.

Tickets for Stroud Book Festival’s first eight events go on sale on Sunday 1 August 2021 and are available from The Sub Rooms box office. The full line-up is due to be revealed soon, with tickets for all events going on sale in September 2021.

For more information, visit

Stroud Book Festival 2021
Various venues in Stroud
Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 November 2021
Times vary per event
Ticket prices vary per event
Telephone number not available

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Monday 26 July 2021



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