THE FIRST look at the line-up for a popular Stroud event has been revealed. 

Stroud Book Festival has announced the first authors and events to look forward to at this autumn’s festival.

Taking place from 2-6 November, Stroud Book Festival 2022 will be Stroud’s seventh annual celebration of stories, ideas and community for readers of all ages.

Headlining the children’s programme, the festival is delighted to welcome the legendary Julia Donaldson back to Stroud for one of her unmissable shows featuring characters from her bestselling books.

Also joining them is brilliant space scientist and “The Sky at Night” presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to talk about her book, “Am I Made of Stardust?”.

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And fans of “Supertato” will be thrilled to hear that the picture books’ creators, Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet will be dropping into Stroud.

Their 2022 programme for adults will be headlined by Festival patron, Ian McEwan  who will be talking about his new novel, “Lessons”.


Legendary Guyana-born poet John Agard will be here to give an evening poetry performance, as well as a Schools’ Day event.

Novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse joins them to discuss her new non-fiction book about forgotten women of history, “Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World”.

Acclaimed novelist Ali Smith will discuss her latest novel, “Companion Piece”.

And they welcome renowned zoologist and TV presenter, Lucy Cooke to talk about her new book, “Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal”.

Commenting on the announcement, Programme Director Caroline Sanderson says:

“It’s always an exciting moment when Children’s Programme Director Jane Churchill and I are able to reveal our first events because it marks the beginning of the build-up to another exhilarating Festival!

"We’re thrilled to be welcoming such a distinguished and diverse group of authors to Stroud Book Festival 2022, and we have plenty more events up our sleeves”.

Lots more Stroud Book Festival 2022 events will be announced in the coming weeks – for further information, see -