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:


Many thanks to all the young poets who entered our Spring Poetry competition. Congratulations to winner Lucy Mountforth, in year 5 at All Saint’s CVA School, for her lovely poem ‘New Life’ featured here.

All the poems will be displayed in local shop windows for GLOSSOP HERITAGE WEEKEND, 31st May to 2nd June 2024 at:

High Street East: Duke’s Café

High Street West: Green’s (Butcher), Mettrick’s,

Sowerbutt’s, Embellish, Dark Peak Books,

David Jones, About Thyme Café

George Street: Nancy’s Nest, George Street Books

With thanks to the above local businesses for their support



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 6th June

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The fabulous Dominic Berry has been persuaded to come out to our great little town Glossop and share a selection of his work with us.

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 book collections ‘On Intimacy’ ‘Bedtime Stories for Adults’, her poetry books
and offer copies for sale.

Admission Free!


News and information on other BookFest events


On Monday evenings from 26th August to 14th October 2024, 7.30-9.30 pm in the small upstairs room in the Labour Club, Chapel Street, we will be offering a 12-hour novel-writing course for £60. The preliminary two-hour session on Monday 26th August will be FREE, and dedicated to a discussion of your writing needs and aspirations.

About the tutor
Mark Henderson

Photo of Mark P Henderson

A former hospital doctor and medical researcher, Mark retired to Glossop in 2002 and now enjoys a second career as an editor, storyteller, author, and creative writing tutor.
A dozen of his books have been published. Folktales of the Peak District has been a bestseller, and his satirical novel National Cake Day in Ruritania was nominated for a literary award. Several of his current creative writing students have now published books of their own.
More information about Mark can be found at:


Contact us at
Please note that places on the course are limited!



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.