THE sixth annual Stroud Book Festival is kicking off today and will take place between November 3-7.

This five day feast for book lovers starts proceedings tonight at the festival launch at the Sub Rooms will be Clare Honeyfield, the co-founder of Stroud’s farmer’s market, talking about Artisan Stroud with three of the artisans profiled in this book.

After the event, they will also be holding a silent auction with all proceeds going towards the Stroud Book Festival.

Thursday sees the festival’s school day in which there is a special day of events for local primary school students, also to take place at the Sub Rooms.

These three events will see kids listen to Kate Pankhurt talking about Fantastically Great Women Scientists & and their stories, Alex Wharton’s poetry recital of Daydreams & Jellybeans and Piers Torday will tell of his new book, The Wild Before. 

Inspirational speaker Stuart Lawrence will take part, as well as other well known authors such as  Mary Portas, Jay Griffiths, Hassan Akkad, Tim Marshall, Kate Mosse, Madeleine Bunting and Anita Sethi.

“The sun may not be shining in November, but the welcome will be warm and the conversation will sparkle. We’ve been cooped up for too long and now at last we cancelebrate books together, discuss the burning issues of the day and hear from some of the most inspiring writers on the planet,” said well-known British author Sue Limb about the event.

“There’s a cornucopia of delights to enchant the young – and the not-so-young will be transported too, back to the world of imagination, where anything is possible.”

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