Category: News and Stories

  • the winners announced

    Andrew Taylor announced the winners of the Festival’s writing competition on Sat evening, and each excellent entry was read to the audience. Congratulations to Izzy Daly for Him  – winner of the Youth Award, donated by Foresters’ Forest, Reading the Forest project Deborah Gregory for Postcard – first prize, awarded by Chepstow Bookshop Val Ormrod […]


    A packed Forest programme, with Berry Hill silver band, Six-Foot Way folk band, theatre, stalls, Keith Morgan, Max and more…. And a gorgeous day for it!

  • The patients came out of the woodwork

    Roger Deeks’ and Jason Griffiths’ talk about John Berger’s A Fortunate Man 50 years on had lots of the St Briavel’s doctor’s patients make themselves known after the event. As the doctor in question hasn’t practised in over 30 years, this must say something for his skill.  More to come on this topic in the St […]

  • Roger does a double act with Miles Jupp

    Insights into how to grow up to be a comedian, playwright and author (soon to be released Egg and Soldiers) and how tall is tall – lots of fun.  

  • A great night with Hollie McNish

    What a talent.  True insights into the human mind, with lots of laughter and pathos. Appealing to every age group from teens to oldies – we’d all been there!

  • A fun afternoon at Mitcheldean Library

    ‘I’m Reading’ on Tour at Mitcheldean Library today, Thurs 6 July, entertained the audience with a short story written by local writer John Stanley set in an old folks’ home and all about how the interpretation of actions are very much in the eye of the beholder… Debbie Gregory read to us from her in-process novel China […]

  • The Festival hots up…is that a crime?

    Readings each lunch time at Cafe 16 – entertainment while you lunch. And on Monday night Matthew Hall entertained us with his story of how the child of swinging 70s parents rebelled to become a barrister, and morphed into a successful crime writer – books were signed, thank you Matthew.

  • Thank you Lakers School

    Young people from Lakers School made our first evening a huge success, with their presentation of poetry and prose inspired by all manner of happenings.  Thomas did a great job as MC and each young person read with passion and enthusiasm. Some of these pieces have been published recently in an anthology, so special congratulations to those […]

  • Coleford Mayor launches the Festival…

    Coleford Mayor  Nick Penny launched the ninth Coleford Festival of Words today at the historic Clock Tower.  Here he is with members of the organising committee and children’s author Charlotte Middleton who had earlier held workshops with young fans at Coleford Library. This evening at 6 pm at the Coleford Baptist Hall, students from Lakers […]

  • What’s happening on 9 July at Hopewell Colliery! A lot!

    Freedoms of the Forest Hopewell Colliery  9 July 2017 Programme 1.45 pm         Berry Hill Silver Band 2.00 pm         Opening with Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire; Richard Daniels, Freeminer and Verderer; Dave Morris, Forester; and Hawks Class from Lydbrook Primary School 2.20 pm         Berry Hill Silver Band 2.45 pm         Forest Charter theatre […]