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Book festival announces Crowdfunding campaign – and its first headline names

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 27 July 2020 9:00

Book festival announces Crowdfunding campaign – and its first headline names

One of Gloucestershire hugely popular literature festivals has announced a Crowdfunding campaign to enable it to stage this year’s programme – as well as revealing its first headline names. 

Stroud Book Festival has launched the campaign to raise £10,000 as its seeks to stage its event online this year (due to the pandemic) free of charge for everyone. 

Some tantalising names have already been confirmed for the November event, along with a partnership with Stroud-based video production business MMOUK which will deal with the technicalities of making it all possible.

Picture credit: Britt Willoughby Dyer

Caroline Sanderson, artistic director of the Festival, said: “As we celebrate our fifth birthday, we believe the best possible cultural response to these difficult times is to make the 2020 Stroud Book Festival free for book lovers everywhere, but most especially for those in Stroud, where our community has pulled together so magnificently over the past few months.” 

Shannon Newton, sponsorship director, said: “Like so many other arts events the world over, the impact of COVID-19 – on our audiences, on our partner organisations and on our sponsors – has hindered our ability to produce a live Festival this November, and yet we are determined to persist and create something magical.” 

Stroud Book Festival received an Arts Council Emergency Grant in June 2020, to cover the upfront costs of producing the Festival, including the launch of a new website, now live at

Authors it can now reveal as committed to the virtual Stroud Book Festival 2020 programme are:  

Joanna Trollope, Gloucestershire-born, bestselling novelist, Kei Miller, award-winning Jamaican poet, Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path, in conversation with bestselling Stroud novelist Rachel Joyce, Jonathon Porritt, prominent environmental campaigner, Cath Kidston, renowned designer and businesswoman, Dara McAnulty, 16-year-old author, naturalist and environmental activist, and Michael Cashman, actor, former EastEnders cast member, and co-founder of Stonewall. 

The 2020 Festival will also include a special tribute event to Stop Ecocide founder, Polly Higgins. 

It will also continue its partnership with Stroud Short Stories, whose 20th event will be hosted on November 8 with the theme of 'Disruption'. 

The Festival will also feature a Schools’ Day for local primary schools, and a range of children’s events for all ages, including a weekend event with Ben Miller, children’s author and TV comedian of “Armstrong and Miller” fame. 

Louise Brice, marketing director, said: “We have seen countless acts of generosity over the years at Stroud Book Festival. We hope that our audiences will choose to support us once again, to help us stage an amazing, free Festival, that will bring joy and entertainment not just for those who have attended the Festival in the past, but also to new audiences, both on our doorstep and across the globe.” 

Stroud Book Festival also works with Stroud Library, Stroud Valleys Project, Transition Stroud, Stroud Pride and The Museum in the Park.

To find out more or contribute to the Crowdfunding campaign visit Stroud Book Festival.