Glossop BookFest

A platform for creative writers and illustrators of all ages and abilities, professional or amateur

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We provide opportunities for poets, playwrights, novelists, short story writers and illustrators in all media to engage with and offer their work to the public by oral presentation and/or for sale, thereby promoting literacy and education within the community and forging connections among individuals to the benefit of their well-being and mental health.

Join in workshops and activities, make connections and build networks

In addition to our annual BookFest Event, at which all local writers and illustrators have an opportunity to showcase their work, alongside workshops and interactive activities, we run monthly Open Mic sessions with guest speakers and contributions from local writers, and also Author Presentations, monthly sessions at which individual authors, playwrights and poets can present their work.
For details, contact:


Theme: Living History


Age range: Y6, Y7 & Y8 (10-13 years)
Submit by 30th April 2024
40 lines maximum.
1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes of book vouchers (£25, £20, £15)

Winning poems will be displayed in local shop windows for GLOSSOP HERITAGE WEEKEND, 31st May to 2nd June 2024 and shared on our website and social media platforms. 

Ideas for poems might be linked to the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings (the focus of Glossop Heritage Weekend 2024), arise from topics of study or personal interpretations.

Please contact us if you need more information, wish to submit poems online and/or want to arrange for us to collect poems from your school.


Open Mic

Our aim is to attract, encourage and promote local writers such as poets and storytellers to share their work on an open platform

First Thursday every month
7.30-9.30 p.m
at Glossop Labour Club
(accessible, friendly, cheap drinks!)
Contact organiser/host Andy at

Next Open Mic

Thursday 4th April

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Guest poet Lynn Walton is a Salford-based poet often inspired by her amazing city (for those unaware of this fact it does have a cathedral). Her poems cross many genres and styles and she loves fusing things that don’t normally belong together.

Author Presentation

An opportunity for authors to present their books to an audience and offer them for sale

Our Next Author Presentation



At Glossop Labour Club 7.30-9 p.m

Rebel's Way - a book by Gwyneth Francis

will tell us about her poetry collections and
offer copies for sale.
Admission Free!

“My poetry books hope to resonate with the reader especially those who think poetry is not for them..”


News and information on other BookFest events

Childrens Author Event

Meet four Local Authors and enjoy their stories!

Glossop Library

2nd April 2024


For more information call
01629 531199 Everyone welcome
Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required

Books will be available
to purchase from
the Authors


We are very grateful to two local councillors and to The Bureau, Glossop, for grants that enabled us to launch our activities; and to the Fothergill Family Fund, via Foundation Derbyshire, for generous financial support. Without those grants we would not be able to operate. We also wish to thank High Peak CVS for their invaluable, and continuing, help and advice.