Literary Festival June 2018

May 29 2018

Yate and Sodbury Voice is proud to be the media partner for the Cotswold Edge Literary Festival 2018


The visit of AF Harrold is not just kid’s play

If you have a child at primary school, you’ve probably heard of author, poet and performer AF Harrold, but the festival is setting out to show his talents to a more grown up audience too.

His Fizzlebert Stump series of books are wildly popular, and as part of the Festival’s outreach to young people, he is appearing at two separate sessions with local year 6 children.

The festival is also hosting an evening with AF Harrold, to give people a chance to experience some of his work that is aimed at adults.  

His website says “Although AFH doesn't do so many events for grown ups these days, he still tends to go where he's invited (if the money is right), faces the direction he's asked to face and reads poems for the correct length of time. Sometimes he talks more than he poems. Sometimes he sings a song(ish) instead of talking. Sometimes he is funny. Sometimes he is serious. Sometimes he dances. Sometimes he shows pictures of his cats.”

Whatever he does perform on June 19, it’s bound to be entertaining.



Festival dreamt up over a cuppa

The two organisers of the Cotswold Edge Literary Festival say it was dreamt up over a coffee in a Chipping Sodbury cafe.  18 months on, Mark Lloyd and Richard Drew are putting the final touches to the first of hopefully many festivals to come.  

Mark said: “I’ve had experience of putting on many events in the past and I always thought a festival week of all things books in the South Gloucestershire area would be a great idea.”

Richard said: “places like Chipping Sodbury and Yate are such vibrant places, but normally for festivals like this you have to go to Bath or Bristol.  We wanted to bring events to people’s doorstep, allowing them a stimulating night out without the large taxi fare at the end!”

Cotswold Edge Events, the company behind the festival, has already held sold out music concerts in Chipping Sodbury.  Now the pair behind the festival hope for similar success this month with their high profile authors.



From a church to the Science Park - the venues that will host the Literary Festival

From an historic church to a new modern icon of South Gloucestershire, with a school and a deli thrown in for good measure.  These are some of the venues for the Cotswold Edge Literary Festival.


Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church

It dates back to 1656, but the recent upgrade has made it a comfortable, modern venue.  It will host one of our main speakers, the author and Times newspaper columnist Sathnam Sanghera.  Famous for his memoir, “The Boy With the Top Knot’.  

Bristol and Bath Science Park, Emersons Green

The Science Park is conveniently situated just off the ring road, with ample parking.  The striking glass building is an attractive venue which will welcome one of Britain’s best known modern writer and broadcaster, Will Self.

Hamptons Delicatessen, Chipping Sodbury 

The Hamptons Deli on Chipping Sodbury High Street has the honour of hosting two events in the Literary Festival.  It kicks off the week with the visit of best selling local author Susan Lewis.  She is sharing a high tea with fans of her over 50 books.

It’s also hosting a night of books and beverages. The owner of the Bristol Wine School, Tristan Darby will be taking people through mentions of alcohol in key works of literature - whilst tasting the wines and other beverages at the same time. 

Winterbourne Academy

Winterbourne Academy has recently been taken over by the Olympus Academy Trust.  It is a sponsor of the Literary Festival and is also involved in hosting events.  Children’s author AF Harrold will be entertaining local year 6 children at the academy as well as at another event at Meadowbrook Primary School in Bradley Stoke.  AF also writes poetry for adults, and Winterbourne Academy will be hosting a poetry evening as well.

Yate Library

The festival has involved local writers in the week, and author Ali Bacon will be leading a local writer workshop with other local authors at the library. Surrounded by thousands of books, this is as good a place as any to hear what it takes to get published.