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Story of fundraising campaign to stage book festival has happy ending

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 07 September 2020 8:01

Story of fundraising campaign to stage book festival has happy ending

When the pandemic threatened the future ofone of the county’s favourite literature festivals organisers refused to be beaten. 

Setting themselves an ambitious target of raising £10,000 in just six weeks, the team behind Stroud Book Festival vowed to take the annual event on-line for its fifth year – and make it free for all. 

Such is the festival’s popularity – and the fundraising skills of the small team which stages it –it is now able to declare the target has been reached. 

“Stroud Book Festival would like to thank everyone who donated in what was a wonderful show of generosity from the community. 

The Crowdfunder was supported by over 200 donors, who posted messages of support and appreciation alongside their pledges,” said a statement from Stroud Book Festival. 

“Particular thanks to the Laura Kinsella Foundation, who offered to match the last flurry of pledges and donated £2,000 to the fundraising campaign.

Picture credit: Britt Willoughby Dyer

As the campaign got underway earlier this summer even organisers also revealed a partnership with Stroud-based video production business MMOUK, which takes on the task of making the great leap-online a reality. 

The book festival is also able to announce another headline event for this year - Dr Adam Rutherford, geneticist and BBC broadcaster will be joining the Festival line-up to discuss his book, How to Argue With a Racist. 

Dr Rutherford’s appearance is part of an event staged in partnership with Stroud Against Racism on Friday, November 6. 

The line-up for the 2020 Festival so far includes Joanna Trollope, Abi Elphinstone, Rachel Joyce, Kei Miller, Jonathon Porritt, Michael Cashman, Raynor Winn, and Cath Kidston. 

Stroud Book Festival (due to take place from November 4 to 8) also won an Arts Council Emergency Grant in June 2020, to cover the upfront costs of producing the event, including the launch of a new website. 

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