Thumbnail 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…


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…


Thumbnail 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…


John Hegley ‘Comic genius’ SATURDAY 7TH JULY at Festival of Words 2018

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 …. Saturday 7th July 8pm Coleford Baptist Hall 8pm…


Thumbnail 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…


Thumbnail ‘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…


Thumbnail 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…


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 –…


Last Thursday 31st May SPOKEN WORD EVENT now includes POET performer DEANNA RODGER

  Last Thursday 31st May 7-30pm Evergreen Hall Broadwell GL16 7BN Deanna Rodger has been integral to the progression of performance poetry and spoken word in the U.K, especially in London where she has made a name for herself as part…


Thumbnail ‘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…