The Coleford Hub

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Coleford Festival of Words

3rd to the 9th of July 2017

Story teller Charlie Markwick, Open Writing Competition judged by Andrew Taylor, Workshops, Live readings, Books quiz, Taste’n Tales USA, Performance Slam, Family Storywalk, History Weekend to celebrate 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter

Hoof Film premiere and an afternoon with Warren James at Hopewell Colliery

A Fortunate ‘Place’ & John Berger, Project Adorno revisits Dennis Potter

The full programme for the Coleford Festival of Words and booking details can be downloaded here:

CFoW Programme 2017

Programmes and tickets now available at Coleford Library and Coleford Tourism Office and online at eventbrite (search by event name)

Live readings by local writers lunchtimes Monday to Friday at Community Cafe 16….

Key events include – 

Monday 3rd July

‘I’m Reading’ 6 pm Coleford Baptist Hall – Announcing the authors of the shortlisted entries to our writing competition, and launching the Anthology of the shortlist…Readings by entrants and others…


Matthew Hall ‘My Life in Crime’  8 pm Coleford Baptist Hall

For over ten years Matthew has been a screen writer and producer, and has written over 40 hours of prime time drama for BBC1 and ITV. He is also the author of six novels and his books have sold around the world. Matthew has been twice shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association premier award, the Gold Dagger.

M. R. Hall

Tuesday 4th July

Taste n Tales USA 7.30 pm Coleford Library

Storyteller Charlie Markwick leads us through the byways. Bring samples of your own unique American recipes to share, or the recipes themselves, along with your own tales of all things USA!

Wednesday 5th July

Local authors, Hilary Orme and Anthony Morgan-Clarke, and others…. 3 pm Coleford Library.  Open mic – show off your latest piece of prose, poetry or script!  An eager and willing audience guaranteed!

Festival Book Quiz in The Angel from 7:30 pm – get yourself a team or come and be allocated! Bookings through the Library, tel 01594 833 351

Or if art and music is more your thing, join Mollie Meager and local artists at Le Petit Hibou, Coleford (Writers too!). Live music.  NOTE: Cafe doors open 6.30, start at 7 pm (not 8 pm as per the published programme)

Thursday 6th July 6 pm Coleford Baptist Hall

‘Dennis Potter in the Present Tense’ with Project Adorno

TV dramatist and playwright Dennis Potter was the ultimate Marmite figure – one minute delighting millions with musical plays such as The Singing Detective and Pennies From Heaven, the next causing outrage and controversy with productions such as Blackeyes and Brimstone & Treacle

“Project Adorno have to be admired by their tenacity and thorough research, thereby generating a unique and very enjoyable nostalgic work.”

Thursday 6th July 8 pm Coleford Baptist Hall

Performance poet Hollie McNish – winner of the Ted Hughes award for new work in poetry

Winner of the Ted Hughes award for new work in poetry “funny and serious, humane and consciousness-raising”. Comes to CFWDS as part of a UK tour to launch PLUM her new collection of poems. Also featuring, Underground Roughnecks -original Forest rappers!

Friday 7th July 8.30 pm Coleford Baptist Hall

Miles Jupp Live!

Actor, Comedian, Chairman of BBC Radio 4 News Quiz talks about his new book ‘Egg and Soldiers’

Saturday 8th July

Andrew Taylor  7.00 pm Coleford Baptist Hall

The Forest’s Award-winning author, announces the winners of the Festival writing competition ‘I’m Reading’…

Freedoms of the Forest: HOOF – the film 8.00 pm Coleford Baptist Hall

John French and Mike Thomas’s film ‘HOOF – Hands Off Our Forest’ tells the 2011 story of the remarkable fight by the people of the Dean to stop the sell-off of England’s public forests. Freeminer and Verderer Rich Daniels leads a discussion on the way forward.

Sunday 9th July 2.00 pm

Reading the Forest Charter – an afternoon at Hopewell Colliery

An afternoon celebrating 800 years (and counting) of Henry lll’s 1217 Forest Charter and how Foresters have defended those rights ever since. Opening by Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucesershire, stalls, Berry Hill Silver Band, theatre, live music, Vorrest poetry, Warren James, HOOF and more!




free at the Coleford Library 


Mon 3 July  10.30 am and 11.30 am

Christopher’s Caterpillars with Charlotte Middleton

Christopher Nibble and his friend Posie have found six hairy caterpillars munching on their prize dandelion leaves. They decide to keep them as pets and look after them very carefully…but one day they disappear! Christopher and Posie become the detectives of Dandeville town, and with the help of Italian café owner, Mr Rosetti, they solve the minibeast mystery!


Tues 4 July 4.00 pm

Let’s … Make …Comics  with Robin Etherington

Join Robin, one half of the storytelling duo The Etherington Brothers, as he shares his secrets for making truly awesome comics. Bringing together countless tips and tricks acquired over a career that has spanned writing for Star Wars, Transformers,  Wallace and Gromit and a wealth of other titles, Robin will share his passion for telling stories using pictures and words. Come along, have a giggle, pick up a pencil and get ready to get busy! Thank you to Robin and Paper Nations! 



Wed 5 July 5.00 pm

Forest Tales with Wyldwood Arts

An eclectic mix of Forest stories gathered from older residents, with the Lydbrook Youth Theatre





Fri 7 July 6.00 pm

Big Bedtime Story – bring your teddy and your grownup!

Sat 8 July 10.30 am

Family Story Walk with Adam Blake  – gather the clues and meet back at the library to put the story together!


Coleford Festival of Words is a SOUNDWORK Community Project


Thanks to Coleford Town Council, Coleford Baptist Church, and many others – see the programme for them all.