Stroud Book Festival – Sunday


Oi Duck-Billed Platypus!

Kes Gray

Sunday 11th November, 10.00 – 11.00

Tickets £5: Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms

You’ve met Oi Frog! Oi Cat! and Oi Dog! Now it’s time to say Oi to Duck-Billed Platypus!

Come and meet the brilliant Kes Gray, award-winning author of this hugely popular picture book series in an interactive event full of storytelling fun, hilarious mishaps and animals with names that are impossible to rhyme! Kes will also introduce us to his brand new picture book, “The Night Before The Night Before Christmas”.

Suitable for ages 4-7



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Jan Carey

Author, Composer, Soldier-of-a-sort: The Life and Work of Ivor Gurney

Sunday 11th November, 12.30 – 13.30

Tickets £8: Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms

“From Severn to Somme: an enduring friendship”. We celebrate the work of Gloucestershire poet and composer Ivor Gurney with this one-woman show featuring writer and actor Jan Carey, fresh from its acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Leading us from rural Gloucestershire to the battlefields of France, “Author, Composer, Soldier-of-a-sort” gives us a compelling dramatised introduction to Ivor Gurney’s poetry and music, told through the voice of his devoted friend, the pioneering music critic, Marion Scott.

Performed by Jan Carey, whose TV appearances include “Downton Abbey” and “Killing Eve”, and directed by Michael McCaffery whose career spans more than thirty years as a director, designer and writer.



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I-Am-The-Seed-That-Grew-The-Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

Frann Preston-Gannon

15:30 – 16:30 : Sunday 11th November

Tickets £5, Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms

Published in association with the National Trust, “I-Am-The-Seed-That-Grew-The-Tree” is a simply glorious new gift anthology of 365 nature poems for children, spanning over 400 years of poetry, and including the work of poets as diverse as William Blake, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, John Agard, Eleanor Farjeon and William Wordsworth.

Now here’s your chance to meet the anthology’s brilliant illustrator, Frann Preston-Gannon in a wonderfully creative event inspired by nature, by the beautiful autumnal landscapes of the National Trust’s Belton House in Lincolnshire, and by her gorgeous new book! Frann will help you create and illustrate your very own nature poem.

Suitable for ages 6+



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Laurie Lee: The Lost Recordings

David Parker

Sunday 11th November, 18:00 -19:00

Tickets £8: Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms

In 1994, David Parker, a documentary film maker for BBC, ITV and Channel 4, made a 30-minute television programme with Laurie Lee on the occasion of his 80th birthday. He interviewed Laurie in detail about his life in the Slad Valley and the influence of its landscapes and his childhood memories on his writing. “The interviews are an important record”, says David, “because Laurie did not ‘do’ television, so the recordings I made are therefore unusual, if not unique”.

The programme was lost for many years but rediscovered by David during a company move in 2017. In this illustrated talk, he will explore what the recordings tell us about Laurie Lee and the inspirations that shaped his writing. Revealing exactly how he made the documentary, and then edited and published the recordings, David will also show the 30-minute film in its entirety, making this event the ideal curtain-raiser for the 60th anniversary year of “Cider With Rosie” in 2019.



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On Chesil Beach

Lansdown Film Club and Stroud Film Festival

19:30 – 21:20 : Sunday 11th November

Tickets £6/£5 concs: Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms and on the door

Stroud Book Festival in collaboration with Lansdown Film Club and Stroud Film Festival presents On Chesil Beach, the 2017 British drama directed by Dominic Cooke in his feature directorial debut. Adapted by Ian McEwan (Stroud Book Festival patron) from his bestselling novel, the drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.