For its 5th birthday year, Stroud Book Festival has announced that this year’s Festival (4th- 8th November) will take place online.

In staging its first ever virtual events, Stroud Book Festival is also delighted to announce a new digital partnership with Andrew Longhurst of MMOUK.

MMOUK, established in 2007, has world-class production facilities in Stroud and has worked with a plethora of clients, including NHS, Unilever, Ocado, CoE, Impelo.org, BBC and Stroud Nature.

Caroline Sanderson, Artistic Director of the Festival says: ‘In these challenging times we felt we had no alternative but to shelve our physical events for 2020. However, we are hugely excited to be working with Andrew and MMOUK, a digital partner who will support us as we stage our 5th birthday festival, and ensure continuity for this autumn fixture in Stroud’s cultural calendar, at a time when many of us are leaning on culture as never before”.

Andrew Longhurst of MMOUK adds: “I have read every day since childhood, and those books have inspired the ideas and technologies we use every day at MMOUK. I believe that now, more than ever, Stroud Book Festival 2020 has an important role to play in the cultural life of Stroud, and beyond, and we are thrilled to partner with SBF to deliver the festival as a series of digital events.”

The first headline events in our 2020 Stroud Book Festival online programme will be revealed next month. The full programme will once again present an exciting and eclectic line-up designed to entertain every age group. This will include our annual Schools’ Day aimed at local primary schools; a Sustainable Stroud strand in association with Transition Stroud; Stroud Short Stories and more.