Bold Strokes Books UK Festival



Even if I do play with words all day every day, I’m still a little at a loss as to which to choose to describe the 9th Annual Bold Strokes Book Festival.

More than a hundred people came on Saturday, and nearly that number joined us on Sunday. Readers, writers, young, old(er), all came together to talk writing, books, publishing, and generally just to have a good time.

Hosting 28 authors, some of whom came from the States, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, and, of corse, the UK, was an honour and a privilege. The exchange of ideas, the support, the laughter, and yes, even the commiserations, were a joy to watch unfold.

And being able to talk to readers who also journeyed from places like the Isle of Anglesey, Wales, and Germany just for a weekend of great queer fiction was truly humbling. To every reader who attended (and stuck around, even when the sun was out) thank you so much. We’re lucky to have you around.

And so, we’re done for another year. Of course, you can still catch us at Manchester Pride and at ELLCon in August. Sign up to the newsletter on our homepage to keep up with details of where we’ll be. And put us in your diary for next year: June 1st-2nd, our ten year anniversary.

Thank you again to all the authors and readers who made this an outstanding weekend. See you soon.

1 thought on “And…Breathe.”

  1. My first time at the BSB Nottingham Festival and WOW, what a totally awesome weekend it was. I was giddy with excitement to actually be able to meet and talk to authors of the books I love to read, tell them how much I love their books and to ask questions; and get my bumper book purchases signed. It was fantastic that so many authors attended, from here in the UK, Belgium, Sweden, the States, Canada and even as far away as Australia!
    It was also wonderful to go to the “After Party” and the BBQ and mingle some more with everyone. I really appreciated the accessibility of each and every one of you, thank you.
    Massive respect, appreciation and gratitude to Radclyffe for the books you write and publish and for supporting and encouraging the careers of other talented and diverse authors for us to read. I actually got to meet and talk to you, how lucky am I!
    I know a lot of hard work goes into organising an event like this, so huge thank you Robyn and Brey and everyone else involved for a weekend of fun, excitement, inspiration and inclusivity. I will definitely be back next June for the 10th Anniversary

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