The 25th Wells Festival of Literature runs from 13th – 21st October

The programme for our special Silver Anniversary Festival is now complete. Our list of speakers is diverse, challenging, innovative and inspiring. So make sure you save those dates in October and take your pick from fiction, memoir, comedy, tragedy; history, sport, science, religion; cookery, gardening, medicine, politics. Tickets are now available HERE.

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Pre and Post 2017 Festival Dining

New for our 25th year, we are delighted to announce that the several restaurants in Wells will be offering special Festival menus, which will be available before and after evening events. Please note that reservations must be made in advance …
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As the school year ends…

As you will see from our special Silver Anniversary brochure which is now widely available, Wells Festival of Literature continues to support a variety of educational projects in the area. The number of children and young people who benefit from …
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Full programme to be published this week

Look out for the 2017 Festival brochure which will be available from 6 July. As promised, it will be a full programme of varied events of an exceptionally high standard. Several of our speakers have already been attracting media attention. …
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Coffee with Tim Lethaby

Coffee with Tim Lethaby

Editor of the Mid Somerset Series, Festival media partner How do you take your coffee? White, no sugar please. And preferably in a village square in France, where the sun is shining. What makes a perfect day for you? Spending …
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In conversation with Emma Craigie

Mark Twain's exhortation 'Write what you know’ is useful advice and it's fascinating to witness how 'knowledge' is used. Susan Beale's The Good Guy was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award. She used her own backstory to create a compelling fiction set in 1960s New England. Helen Stevenson draws on her family’s time in France, and her personal experience of bringing up a child with cystic fibrosis, as the inspiration for her factual memoir Love Like Salt. Both writers live in Somerset and will discuss their contrasting use of memoir and memory with Emma Craigie, writer, teacher and former Wells Festival of Literature chair.

This event is kindly sponsored by Mowbarton Barn
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Helen Stevenson and Susan Beale

October 14, 2017, 3:30pm - October 14, 2017, 4:30pm

In conversation with Emma Craigie Mark Twain's exhortation 'Write what you know’ is useful advice and it's fascinating to witness how 'knowledge' is used. Susan Beale's The Good Guy was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award. She used her own backstory to create a compelling fiction set in 1960s New England. Helen Stevenson draws on her family’s time in France, and her personal experience of bringing up a child with cystic fibrosis, as the inspiration for her factual memoir Love Like Salt. Both writers live in Somerset and will discuss their contrasting use of memoir and memory with Emma Craigie, writer, teacher and former Wells Festival of Literature chair. This event is kindly sponsored by Mowbarton Barn

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