Celebrity chefs, legendary authors and an iconic robot canine on the lineup at Stroud Book Festival 2023

Literature-lovers rejoice as Stroud Book Festival is set to return in November 2023, with names such as Tom Kerridge, Cressida Cowell, Mary Portas, Clive Myrie and more.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Don't miss literature legends including Tom Kerridge, Cressida Cowell, Mary Portas, Clive Myrie and more this November 2023, when Stroud Book Festival is back for another year of stories, ideas and community.

Promising to be ‘a celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages’, Stroud Book Festival returns to the town this November 2023.

Taking place from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 November 2022, its diverse programme of events hopes to challenge, inform and alter perspectives, as well as comfort and entertain audiences of all ages — plus, 50 per cent of the authors are from Gloucestershire!

Renowned chef, Tom Kerridge, will be sharing a feast of recipes in his new book Pub Kitchen, designed to bring pub food to the home kitchen; while award-winning and legendary author, Cressida Cowell, will be celebrating 20 years of the bestselling book How to Train Your Dragon, with a special anniversary edition.

The BBC's Clive Myrie is to discuss his first book, Everything is Everything, reflecting on some of the major stories he has reported on: from wars to politics to earthquakes to racial divides; celebrating 75 years of the NHS, former junior doctor Adam Kay will talk about his new book Undoctored, which delves into what happens when a doctor hangs up his scrubs, but medicine refuses to let go of him; and acclaimed author Nina Stibbe will speak on her midlife adventures featured in her new book Went to London, Took the Dog.

Plus, Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho is on a mission to make poetry accessible to everyone during his Poetry Prompts: All The Ways to Start event during Stroud Book Festival's 2023 Schools' Days; and author, illustrator and world record-breaker for the biggest online art lesson ever, Rob Biddulph will be bringing some Gigantic Fun to Stroud.

There will also be a special celebration for time lord fans of all ages, commemorating 60 years of Doctor Who with Steve Cole, Mike Tucker and K9, with a lively look back on six decades of monsters and mayhem — there'll even be the legendary K9 robot dog! And Martin Brown, the illustrator of Horrible Histories, will be celebrating 30 years of the world's bestselling children's history series. 

For this year’s Stroud Book Festival Finale, attendees can see a celebration of the life and work of Stroud’s most famous son, Laurie Lee, to mark the publication of his Collected Poems. During the event, the festival will also be announcing the winners of the 2023 Laurie Lee Prize for Writing.

Tickets for Stroud Book Festival's events are on sale from Friday 8 September online and in person at The Sub Rooms box office.

To see the full line-up and for further details, visit stroudbookfestival.org.uk.


Stroud Book Festival 2023


Various venues in Stroud


Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 November 2023


Times vary per event


Ticket prices vary per event


(01453) 796880

In partnership with Stroud Book Festival  |  stroudbookfestival.org.uk

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