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.
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Results of the Children’s
Christmas Story writing

We were surprised and delighted to receive
78 entries

Who were our winners?


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 7th March

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Tony Curry is a performance poet, playwright, workshop facilitator, soundsmith and enabler. Raised in Crawley by English and South African parents, he has lived and worked in Manchester for three decades.

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

Keli Tomlin will tell us about her beautiful book and offer copies for sale.

Admission Free!

‘Walk the Wheel’, was released on April 2023 and is a collection of eight magical folk tales that celebrate the turning of the seasonal year.


News and information on other BookFest events


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We are very grateful to two local councillors and to The Bureau, Glossop, for grants that enabled us to launch our activities. We also wish to thank High Peak CVS for their invaluable, and continuing, advice and support.