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Stratford Literary Festival

Stratford Literary Festival takes place every spring, bringing famous authors, workshops, debates and much more to Stratford-upon-Avon.

So when does the next festival come to town and which celebrity authors will be talking books?

When is the Stratford Literary Festival?

In 2018, the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival – to give it its full title – ran from Sunday April 22 until Sunday April 29. The Stratford Literary Festival began just one day after the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Who was at the Stratford Literary Festival?

Celebrity authors who appeared at the Stratford Literary Festival 2018 included Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, Ruth Jones, writer and star of TV’s Gavin & Stacey, and actor Greg Wise.

Other notable speakers included Dame Harriet Walter, Jon McGregor, Tim Marshall, Harriet Harman and Simon Mayo.

What was on for children?

As usual, there was a fantastic programme of events for children at the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, topped off with Children’s Day on Sunday April 29.

Offering their pearls of literary wisdom were Harry Hill, Jackie Morris, Cathy Cassidy, James Mayhew and Axel Scheffler,  the illustrator of The Gruffalo.

Cathy Cassidy ©Louise Llewelyn Stratford Literary Festival
Cathy Cassidy ©Louise Llewelyn Stratford Literary Festival

Children’s workshops and storytelling sessions ran throughout the festival, from family favourites such as Aardman, CBeebies’ Sarah & Duck, and The Owl Who was Afraid of The Dark, plus a special tea party to celebrate Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Sarah & Duck ©Pamela Raith
Sarah & Duck ©Pamela Raith

When is next year’s Stratford Literary Festival?

Stratfordblog will post dates for the Stratford Literary Festival 2019 as soon as they are available.


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Information correct at date of publication