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21/07/2017

Autumn Line-up

Date: 21/07/2017

Rick Stein, Ottolenghi, Jon Sopel included in the Autumn series

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15/03/2017

Festival Author on Prize Longlist

Date: 15/03/2017

Sarah Perry, already winner of the Waterstones Book of The Year, on Bailey's Longlist

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23/02/2017

Learning and writing workshops

Date: 23/02/2017

A week of help, support and discovering new skills

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10/02/2017

Winner of Picture Book Prize announced

Date: 10/02/2017

Story based on Asian legend wins this award for debuts

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10/02/2017

Paid Placement for winner of Jacket Competition

Date: 10/02/2017

Transworld Publishing offers a week's paid placement in design department

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03/11/2016

Launch of Picture Book Prize

Date: 03/11/2016

Festival partners with Salariya Book Company to launch major new prize

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02/11/2016

Festival appoints new Children's Events Programmer

Date: 02/11/2016

Jane Churchill takes over programming of schools' and children's events

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17/07/2016

Guest Director announced for 2017

Date: 17/07/2016

Illustrator Sarah McIntyre appointed Guest Director for 2017 Children's programme

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23/02/2016

The Writer's Festival

Date: 23/02/2016

Masterclasses, debuts and some award winning first novelists feature at this year's Festival.

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01/12/2015

Top Award of £1000 in Creative Writing Prize

Date: 01/12/2015

New Felix Dennis Prize announced for 2016

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10/11/2015

Festival awarded grant by BTBS

Date: 10/11/2015

Leading book charity supports festival with grant for intern

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31/03/2015

Guardian Masterclasses at Stratford

Date: 31/03/2015

The Lit Fest partners with The Guardian for a series of workshops and classes.

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31/03/2015

UK's favourites head Children's Day

Date: 31/03/2015

A stellar line up of authors and workshops to get stuck into on 3rd May

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04/12/2014

Stratford in Top 5 Festivals

Date: 04/12/2014

We've been picked as amongst the best for new writers

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27/08/2014

Stars Light Up Our Autumn Season

Date: 27/08/2014

Stars of stage and screen in events this October and November

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23/04/2014

Happy Birthday Mr Shakespeare

Date: 23/04/2014

The Emergency Poet Deborah Alma unveils our specially commissioned poem for the Bard's 450th Birthday

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22/04/2014

Festival celebrates Shakespeare's Birthday

Date: 22/04/2014

We'll be living it up at Birmingham Airport and on Bancroft Gardens

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09/04/2014

Frank Gardner event date moves

Date: 09/04/2014

BBC Security Correspondent now with us on 4th May

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08/04/2014

Sublime Journeys Performance

Date: 08/04/2014

Stratford students put on an exceptional Arts Council funded festival project

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25/01/2014

2014 Creative Writing Competition

Date: 25/01/2014

Top prize of £100 for the best poem or story with the title 'Journeys'

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14/01/2014

Events and speakers for the 2014 Festival

Date: 14/01/2014

Here's the line-up so far and we're excited!

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14/11/2013

Festival wins two education grants

Date: 14/11/2013

The Stratford Literary Festival wins support from Arts Council England and Stratford Town Trust

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01/11/2013

WIN two tickets to see Dan Snow

Date: 01/11/2013

Plus dinner at The One Elm and a signed copy of his book

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11/10/2013

Julia Donaldson wows the crowds

Date: 11/10/2013

The best-selling children's writer enchants Stratford children with her show.

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29/08/2013

Matthew Parris to interview Richard Dawkins

Date: 29/08/2013

The Times columnist and broadcaster will be talking to the acclaimed scientist about his career.

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15/07/2013

Julia Donaldson performing this October

Date: 15/07/2013

The hugely best-selling author comes to Stratford for a Festival Plus Event

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10/06/2013

Patrons announced for Stratford Festival

Date: 10/06/2013

Philip Ardagh, Korky Paul, Susanna Wadeson and Julia Crouch join us as fairy godpatrons

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18/04/2013

Winner Announced in our Essay Competition

Date: 18/04/2013

Find out who's won a Kindle Fire and a week's work experience at Moving On Magazine

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18/04/2013

Tea and Danger: Win Tickets to Our Extreme Adventurers

Date: 18/04/2013

With afternoon tea at The Fourteas Tea Room before the event

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11/04/2013

Jon Snow steps into the breach

Date: 11/04/2013

The Channel 4 news presenter and award-winning journalist steps in to replace Tony Benn who is unwell.

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09/04/2013

Winners of our Writing Competition Announced

Date: 09/04/2013

And here they are from a huge number of entries

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03/04/2013

Take a Peek at our Winning Book Jacket

Date: 03/04/2013

Here's the winning design by Stratford College Student Edward Funge

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28/03/2013

Win tickets to see Michael Palin and an overnight stay!

Date: 28/03/2013

Enter now to win an overnight at the four star Menzies Welcombe Hotel. with afternoon tea and two tickets to see Michael Palin

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26/03/2013

Festival Speakers sent to Prison

Date: 26/03/2013

Mark Billingham and John Connolly to visit Long Lartin as part of World Book Night during the festibal

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13/03/2013

Proceeds from Tony Hawks event to charity

Date: 13/03/2013

The comedian will be donating the proceeds of his event at the festival to his Moldovan children's Charity.

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11/03/2013

Michael Palin Event Sells Out!

Date: 11/03/2013

Only a few single tickets left...

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15/02/2013

Tickets on sale today, 15th February

Date: 15/02/2013

Tickets go on sale today for the 2013 festival.

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04/02/2013

Radio 4's Bookclub recording at the 2013 Festival

Date: 04/02/2013

Come and meet award-winning author Jim Crace at a BBC Radio 4 Bookclub recording on 24th April

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30/01/2013

Even more great names signed up

Date: 30/01/2013

Bill Turnbull, William Nicholson, Charlie Higson, Kate Humble all confirmed for 2013.

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24/01/2013

Just confirmed: the Fabulous Baker Brothers

Date: 24/01/2013

The brilliant Cotswold boys will join us on Wed 24th April

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27/11/2012

Waterstones are our 2013 Bookseller

Date: 27/11/2012

We are delighted to confirm that Waterstones Stratford store will be the bookseller for the 2013 festival.

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18/04/2012

Bus Stop Reads

Date: 18/04/2012

All aboard! Spot us on Sunday 22nd April as we launch the Festival with our inpromptu reads all over town!

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18/04/2012

Win 2 tickets to see Sue Townsend

Date: 18/04/2012

and celebrate 30 years of Adrian Mole

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12/04/2012

Festival works with Notes from the Underground

Date: 12/04/2012

A short story inspired by a picture of the Avon and commissioned just for the Stratford Festival

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28/03/2012

Tom Wins the Book Cover Comp!

Date: 28/03/2012

Stratford College Student, Tom Morris, wins the competition to design a book jacket for our poetry book.

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13/03/2012

Last few days to get your poems in!

Date: 13/03/2012

Submit a poem and you could win £50.

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29/02/2012

Full programme out now

Date: 29/02/2012

The Souvenir Programme with all the event details in full (and some new ones added)is ready to download.

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27/02/2012

Sue Townsend just added to line-up!

Date: 27/02/2012

Celebrate 30 years of Adrian Mole with the best-selling author.

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27/02/2012

Festival launches its book App Competition

Date: 27/02/2012

Today the Stratford Festival launches its competition to find a children's story to develop into an App for iPad

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27/02/2012

Festival launches it Book App Competition

Date: 27/02/2012

Win the chance to have your work published as an interactive children's book for iPad!

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27/02/2012

Festival launches it Book App Competition

Date: 27/02/2012

Win the chance to have your work published as an interactive book for children!

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03/02/2012

Our 2012 Poetry Competition

Date: 03/02/2012

Title just announced!

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19/09/2011

An Evening with Maureen Lipman

Date: 19/09/2011

Meet the actress and writer on 30th September 2011

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01/05/2011

Family Fun Day

Date: 01/05/2011

All-day fun at Compton Verney with Philip Ardagh, Axel Scheffler and many more.

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27/04/2011

Colin Dexter opens the Festival

Date: 27/04/2011

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter opens this year's Festival with a twinkle in his eye

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12/04/2011

Harriet Walter joins the Line-Up

Date: 12/04/2011

Actress Harriet Walter joins the Festival line-up on Wed, 27th April with Katie Fforde and Mavis Cheek

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10/04/2011

Poetry Competition Winners

Date: 10/04/2011

We had hundreds of entries and here are the winners and runners-up

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07/03/2011

Our online story

Date: 07/03/2011

STOP PRESS: Our online story - the first line written by bestseller Ian Rankin is up and running!

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01/01/2011

Our Media Partner

Date: 01/01/2011

The 2011 Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival is working in partnership with THE WEEK magazine.

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Autumn Line-up

Rick Stein, Ottolenghi, Jon Sopel included in the Autumn series

Festival Author on Prize Longlist

Sarah Perry, already winner of the Waterstones Book of The Year, on Bailey's Longlist

Learning and writing workshops

A week of help, support and discovering new skills

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