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Poets and pirates at Taurus



Our thanks to Taurus for sharing their midsummer song festival with us today. We enjoyed Maggie Clutterbuck sharing Full Circle and some even newer material, PIPs with a range of poems – here’s Vicky Hampton reading to us – pirate Bryony Pearce and more … thank you to all those who took part and to […]

Mindsong joins the Festival of Words



The Festival is thrilled to have mindsong join the Festival with poetry readings between songs on Friday 6th July at The Elms, Staunton. Mindsong is a charity working mainly in Gloucestershire providing a range of services for people living with mid to late-stage dementia. Volunteers run  Meaningful Music Singing Groups, working in care homes and day centres in […]

‘Ten’ writing competition shortlist announced!



Congratulations to the ten authors shortlisted for our Ten writing competition – the judges were thrilled with the standard and the wide range of interpretations but after considerable pondering, the following were selected: (as Andrew Taylor is currently judging the winners, only the titles are published here) Her Final Disguise Losing Count Mad about potatoes […]

A taste of the Festival at Taurus Crafts Sun 17th June



The Festival is joining in Taurus Crafts’ midsummer song festival on the 17th June, 11 am – 4 pm. Local poet and Forest Bard Maggie Clutterbuck shares her new work, Full Circle – engaging and lively poetry from the Forest’s Poets in Progress (PIPs) – YA author Bryony Pearce talks pirates for the youngsters –  Forest hero […]

Tenth Coleford Festival of Words – programme now available



The full Festival programme and booking information is now available on the website.  Printed copies will be distributed throughout the Forest and beyond over the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, here’s a downloadable version to browse at your leisure – lots and lots happening! See you there. CFOW Programme 2018

‘Playing with Poetry’ – a workshop with PIPs



Saturday 7 July, The Main Place, Coleford, 10.30 am to 12 noon Come and see PIPs showcase the magic that happens when different people write poems on the same theme, then stay with for a fun and friendly workshop creating your own poems. Suitable for everyone over 16, especially the curious!  A free event …. […]

Katie Fforde at the Festival of Words!



Great news for fans of Katie Fforde – she’ll be with us on Wednesday 4th July  7.30 pm at The Main Place ….in person …. book signings … Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession […]

Writers’ Day School!



A chance for aspiring writers to pick the brains of those who have made the heady world of publication! Offering a choice of four workshops: crime with Matthew Hall; historical fiction with Alis Hawkins; relationships in fiction with Deborah Gregory; and young adult fiction with Byrony Pearce; followed by an interview with Cass Green and […]

Tim Dalling and Aye Coyote at the Festival!



A theatrical entertainment with song and dance and a sacred ritual of purification. Tim Dalling, former kilted fall guy from the New Rope String Band, tells autobiographical tales of brotherhood alongside myths of Coyote, the creative master of thoughtless self-destruction and crazy rebirth. Ghosts are healed with songs and laughter. “Aye Coyote was absolutely stunning […]

Join the Festival of Words at the Forest Activities Festival on 29 April Speech House field…



The Festival will be there, with tasters of what’s to come in July – all sorts of things for all ages and tastes – ‘Ten’ based things to do and the chance to sign up for our Writers’ Day School on Sat 7 July …  Very excited about that … we have some great local […]