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 2nd May

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We welcome back Tony Curry, host and poet celebre at Manchester Word Central. Tony is returning to perform his work, ‘Tall Tales for All Men’. This is a series of short stories and poems. In the show Tony shares stories about growing up in Crawley, Sussex in the 1970’s.

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 memoir, Midowed: A Mother’s Grief, and offer copies for sale.

Admission Free!


News and information on other BookFest events


On Monday evenings from 27th May to 8th July 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 27th May will be FREE, and dedicated to a discussion of your writing needs and aspirations.

About the tutor
Mark Henderson

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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.