Stroud Book Festival

Literature-lovers will be thrilled that Stroud Book Festival is set to return this 2022, with Ian McEwan and Julia Donaldson headlining.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published

Promising to be ‘a celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages’, Stroud Book Festival returns to the town this November 2022.

Taking place from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 November 2022, its diverse programme of events hopes to challenge, inform and alter perspectives, as well as comfort and entertain audiences of all ages.

Festival patron ​Ian McEwan is headlining the event, sharing his ambitious new novel Lessons, which gives insight into history and humanity through one man's lifetime, while legendary author and former children’s laureate, Julia Donaldson, headlines the children and families part of the festival, putting on one of her unmissable shows, incorporating characters from her bestselling books.

Critically acclaimed author Kate Mosse is to discuss her new non-fiction book, Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World, about forgotten women of history; acclaimed novelist ​Ali Smith will talk about her latest novel Companion Piece; and zoologist and TV presenter Lucy Cooke will speak on her motivational new book Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal.

There will also be appearances from the brilliant space scientist and ​The Sky at Night ​presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and the creators of ​Supertato ​picture books ​Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet ​will be in Stroud as well.

Tickets for Stroud Book Festival's events are on sale from Friday 9 September online and in person at The Sub Rooms box office.

To see the full line-up and for further details, visit


Stroud Book Festival 2022


Various venues in Stroud


Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 November 2022


Times vary per event


Ticket prices vary per event


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