Ambitious literary festival announced for South Gloucestershire

January 30 2018

Book lovers in Yate and Chipping Sodbury are set for a treat this summer after plans for a literary festival were unveiled.

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Book lovers in Yate and Chipping Sodbury are set for a treat this summer after plans for a literary festival were unveiled.  

The first Cotswold Edge Literary Festival will run from 16-24 June.  A full week of events are planned with some big names already booked for the event, which will be held in venues across South Gloucestershire.  

The novelist, journalist and commentator Will Self will be appearing as well as the writer of ‘ The Boy with the Top Knot’, Sathnam Sanghera.  Local best selling writer Susan Lewis has also been booked for the festival. 

Children’s author and adult poet AF Harold has been signed up to provide inspiring sessions for schoolchildren and the owner of the Bristol Wine School, Tristan Darby will give people a taste of drink in literature through the ages.

More bookings will be announced in the next few weeks, with Yate and Sodbury Voice an official partner to the festival.

The festival is the brainchild of Cotswold Edge Events, a company set up to provide entertainment in the South Gloucestershire area.  They’ve already held sold out music concerts in the area and have the Acoustic Straws and Blues Band lined up for 2018.

Organiser Mark Lloyd said: “We’re very excited about launching the literary festival, with some big names already booked and more to come.  People in South Gloucestershire enjoy their share of culture and the idea of Cotswold Edge Events is to provide this on their doorstep, and not have to always travel into Bristol or Bath.”