Stroud Arts Festival
Stroud Arts Festival

Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations 2014


The centenary of Stroud's most celebrated writer Laurie Lee (1914 -1997) is being marked with a host of events throughout the year in Stroud and the surrounding valleys. People of all ages will have a chance to discover or re-discover Laurie Lee's writing, to explore the beautiful Cotswold landscapes which inspired him and to take part in activities which Laurie Lee's works have in turn inspired.

Look out for music, poetry, exhibitions, walks and workshops. Sample Stroud's vibrant cafe culture and Cheltenham's prestigious literary festivals. You can view the full year's diary of events or select the type of event that interests you from the list below:

poetry, music & special events | walks | exhibitions | family events | workshops
wildlife way & poetry posts | mural | competitions | publications & screenings

You can view & download the official Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations brochure here.

A selection of up-coming events not to be missed:

Rescheduled Printmaking Workshop

Build up your skills and confidence - be creative

A five day course, (running over five weeks) Wednesdays 24nd Sept to 22nd Oct
The Museum in the Park, Stroud 10am to 3pm.

Experiment with a wide range of materials and learn printmaking techniques including mono printing, collagraph, viscosity inking and relief printing inspired by the museum collections. Work together on a large scale collaborative project inspired by Laurie Lee's 'As I Walked Out'. Exhibit your work at The Printmakers Gallery.

The five week course will be based at the Museum In The Park, Stroud and the Gloucestershire Printmaking Studios at Griffin Mill.

Suitable for all abilities.

Cost: £175 for the 5 day course. Price includes materials - maximum 8 people.

Booking: contact Museum in the Park Tel: 01453 763394

For more info email tutors Rachel or Christine

Printmaking Workshop


Laurie Lee Centenary Art Walks Programme.

During 2014, artists, poets and writers from Walking the Land will be taking part in a series of walks through countryside once known and loved by Laurie Lee. From the Slad Valley to the Pyrenees, these walks will celebrate, explore and record the landscape through poetry, drawing, painting and photography.

Some of the artwork created during this series of creative journeys will be shown at The Museum in the Park from 6 September to 5 October.

Although designed to appeal to artists and writers, most walks are open to guest walkers too – the only requirement is an appreciation of the landscape. If youd like to join a walk, please contact Walking the Land for further details – email

Crossing the Border … Pyrenees Walk, Ceret to La Agullana:
Purgatory to Paradise:

Wednesday 23 – Thursday 24 July

Sunday 2 November



Every Sunday 6 July to 28 December The Woolpack, Slad 7.30pm Free

A series of Sunday evening readings to celebrate the centenary of Laurie Lee's birth.

Each reading will be given by local poets and authors, beginning on the opening night with well known childrens author, Jamila Gavin.

Performances by local musicians will round off the evenings entertainment in Laurie's friendly local.

Organised by Richard Austin and Dennis Gould.

Woolpack Pub Slad

The celebrations are organised by local community groups and supported by Stroud Arts Festival, Stroud District Council and The Summerfield Charitable Trust.



Friday 31th October 2014 7:30pm @ The Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud GL5 1LW
Tickets £16 (£12 under 18)

Ballet Cymru, nominated by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in 2013 as Best Independent Company, presents a sparkling and refreshing ballet based on the eternal fairy tale.

"Beauty and the Beast" toured to over 50 venues in the UK during 2011 to record audiences and overwhelming critical acclaim. The production also toured to Italy playing to 1026 people in Trieste and 987 in Como.

A ruined merchant, lost and desperate in a deep forest; an exquisite garden by a magical palace; an enchanted Beast, furious and lonely; a promise to the merchant's youngest daughter, Beauty: a perfect red rose - so the scene is set for the greatest love story ever told.
Like Cinderella, the tale of Beauty and the Beast is one of the best known stories in the world.

In 1946 the legendary film maker Jean Cocteau added to the myth by creating the masterpiece that is "La Belle et la Bete" using much of the imagery that was later copied by Disney for their film version in 1991.

Now Ballet Cymru, bring to life this timeless story using the company's unique blend of classical technique and storytelling.
"Beauty and the Beast" is a critically acclaimed ballet featuring choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James, costumes by Welsh designer Steve Denton and a haunting score by composer David Westcott.

Featuring stunning costumes, breathtaking choreography and heartbreaking passion, this production is the most thrilling and entertaining dance event of the year.

Join us in a world of myth, magic and beasts!


The Stroud Festival Board of Directors is distributing funds on behalf of the Margaret & Netlam Bigg Trust, a charity promoting the arts and culture in the Stroud District. The Directors are currently inviting applications for grants up to £500 from local groups and organisations. To find out more, visit the grants page.


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