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‘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 – […]

Coleford Library hosts events for Children and young people



Come along to Coleford library next week and meet not one but two Comic art legends Kevin F Sutherland and Rob Etherington. Join local Young adult Author Bryony Pearce for a horrifying workshop for Teens. and Adam Blake story teller and performer will take families on a story walk . Call into the library and […]

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 […]

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

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 […]