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…


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…


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 –…


Thumbnail 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…


Thumbnail 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;…


Thumbnail 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…


Thumbnail 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…


Thumbnail Poetry and folk …. hosted by Forest-based performance poet Sally Jenkinson – now joined by Malaika Kegode

Building up to be a perfect Friday night to relax and enjoy some great performances – now joining Ben and Sally and The Six Foot Way, is performance poet Malaika Kegode.  Growing up the most (reluctantly) ‘exotic’ girl in a…


Comic workshops – one and two!

Masterclass One with Beano’s Kev F Sutherland comes to the Festival this year with a comic workshop on Tuesday 3 July at 4 pm in Coleford Library. Kev F writes and draws for The Beano, Doctor Who and Marvel comics, and…