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Happy tenth birthday, Festival!



A lovely afternoon under the trees, right royally entertained by Berry Hill Silver Band, John Hegley, Gwent samba band and the hilarious Forest Mummers – sipping prosecco and pink gin, picnicking and chatting and playing with paint – and Gwynneth’s yummy 10th birthday cake … what was not to like?

‘Ten’ writing competition winners revealed!



This evening Jan Royall announced the three winners of the competition, as judged by best-selling author and Coleford resident Andrew Taylor. Our congratulations go to  Rebecca Klassen (3rd) with The Last Kid, Toni Wilde (runner up) with Mad about Potatoes and the winner, Julia Bohanna with Mudlarker’s End. Congratulations again to all our shortlist – […]

Blue Peter award winning author Andy Seed at the Festival



  Family fun, puzzles, games, riddles and jokes with Andy Seed on Saturday 7 July 5.30 pm – tickets here !

Want to write (even better)? Don’t miss our writers’ day school….



Saturday 7 July 10 am to 4 pm at the Main Place, Coleford – meet other writers, learn from those who have been there before, share your own learnings …. we all have stories to tell!! and not just the ones we write about…)  £15 for the day, including lunch and refreshments Book via the […]

GRand Dad Rants…. Comic Moments at Festival of words



So as an avid reader I would grab a copy of the Beano and rush through the stories barely waiting to read the captions stories jokes underneath Desperate Dan- (much later that was a great joke in  Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff) Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, lots of training for tongue twisters and […]

Fiona Stafford and Radio 3’s Into The Forest season



Listen here for a taste of what we can expect when Fiona Stafford, author of The Long, Long Life of Trees, visits the Festival on Friday 6 July. Start with a ramble among ancient trees with Forest Verderer Ian Standing, leaving from the Arboretum carpark (Speech House Road) at 4 pm, then on for cream tea […]

A week (and a day) to go!



The weather promises to hold ….  all kinds of good things happening … the Big Reveal of the ‘Ten’ writing competition shortlisted authors happening Mon 2nd at Coleford Baptist Hall, hosted by Jo Durrant of BBC Radio Gloucestershire … the Quiz – get your table booked at the Coleford Tourist Info Office … followed by […]

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 […]

2008 -2018 A brief history of Coleford Festival of Words



Coleford FESTIVAL of   Words 2018 From John Hegley to Katie Fforde It’s a times table remembering -2 fives, 3 threes plus one. The thinking falls into place as you make your way through this years programme for the Coleford Festival of Words …. John Hegley a humourologist, touted as comic laureate –he, of stories of growing […]

Prized Novelist Katie Fforde returns to Coleford Festival of Words 2018- Wed 4th July



Katie Fforde- author of 30 +- novels ‘I first became a writer because my mother gave me a writing kit. I’d been talking about wanting to write for years, but thought because I had three children, a dog, two cats and a husband who was away at sea a lot of the time, I wouldn’t […]