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The 2018 Wells Festival of Literature will run from Friday 19 October to Saturday 27 October

Our 26th Festival will take place in Cedars Hall, a superb performance facility at the heart of our beautiful city. Here are some of the speakers who entertained and informed us in 2017; keep an eye on this website as plans unfold for an equally diverse, challenging and inspiring programme in 2018.

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Poetry. An Inspiration for the Young

As part of the WFL Education Committee’s programme of work in local schools, the poet AF Harrold visited Hemington School on 20 March. All the children involved in the day’s poetry activities were so inspired by the visit that they …
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A new outlook for the 2018 Festival

The Festival venue is moving – to the city’s newest performance facility, Cedars Hall, a comfortable, modern and convenient venue at the heart of Wells. Our aims, however, have not changed. We will continue to celebrate the written word and …
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2017 Competition Results

The competition results for 2017 are now available. The entries have all been judged, and the prizes were awarded at a special ceremony in the Bishop’s Palace during the Festival. To celebrate our Silver Anniversary, we raised the prize money …
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Poet AF Harrold Shares a Few Words

The poet AF Harrold recently spent some time at Hemington School, inspiring the pupils with this wonderful use of words. His favourite word is  which he describes as ‘visual onomatopoeia’. Discover some more insights into his love of words over …
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NEW -Young Poets Competition - open to anyone between and inclusive of the ages 16-22 years old.

Our judge in this exciting new category is Miriam Nash – a poet, performer and educator. Her first collection of poems All the Prayers in the House was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017. It won an Eric Gregory Award (2015) and was runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Award (2016). Miriam leads creative writing and performance workshops in schools, museums, mental health organisations and prisons.
Entries may be on any subject but must not exceed 35 lines in length.
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