At Edgemoor Inn, we’re getting excited for the Stroud Book Festival! The annual five-day celebration of books and reading returns from November 8th to the 12th held in the town of Stroud which is local to us here in Gloucestershire. As one of the largest and most popular book festivals in the UK, it attracts lots of visitors each year.

The festival features a wide range of events, including author talks, readings, workshops, and discussions. This year featured authors include BBC Newsreader Clive Myrie, the pub Kitchen with Tom Kerridge and the Joyful Environmentalist with Isabel Losada.

Some of big names have appeared at the festival in recent years including Margaret Atwood, David Walliams, and Nigella Lawson. Stroud Book Festival also showcases a wide range of up-and-coming authors, and there is always something new to discover. In addition to the author events, the festival also features a number of other activities, such as a book market and children’s book events.

The Stroud Book Festival is a wonderful opportunity to meet your favourite authors, discover new books, and celebrate your love of reading. It is also a great way to explore the town of Stroud and its vibrant literary community. Make sure to stop by us here at the Edgemoor Inn when you’ve enjoyed the full day of reading and books.

Our highlights from the 2023 Stroud Book Festival program are ‘Stroud Short Stories’. A thought-provoking night of short stories is presented by editor and organiser John Holland, and short story writer Debbie Young.

For our younger members here, they can’t wait for Stroud Book Festival Schools’ Days. A series of events for school children of all ages, featuring authors such as Joseph Coelho, Maz Evans, and Natasha Farrant.

For obvious reasons, we’re really looking forward to the ‘Pub Kitchen with Tom Kerridge’. The celebrity chef and restauranteur talks about his latest cookbook and shares his tips for cooking delicious pub food.

Another exciting piece is the ‘Joyful Environmentalist’ with Isabel Losada in which the author, comedienne and environmentalist talks not about the climate crisis because we have heard the ins and outs of it by now. But, instead about how to live a more sustainable and joyful life.

Finally, we can’t wait for ‘Desert Island Books’ with Mary Portas. Her and Festival programme Director Caroline Sanderson go over what books they have read lately and what books Mary would take with her on a desert island and why.

As the pages of the Stroud Book Festival turn, we invite you to create your own story with us at the Edgemoor Inn. Whether you’re seeking a cosy nook to ponder over the day’s chapters or a delightful meal to discuss your favourite authors, we’re here to enhance your literary journey. Book a table, reach out through our contact page, email us directly, or for immediate arrangements, give us a ring. Let the Edgemoor Inn be part of your festival narrative.