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John Lanchester
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Dan Cruickshank
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Jane Wellesley
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Jonathan Bate
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Zoe Williams
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Emma Hooper
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Ursula Buchan
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Thomas Pakenham
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Caroline Criado-Perez
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Gavin Francis
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Jeffrey Archer
Emma Craigie

Welcome to Wells Festival of Literature 2015, our second year in the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens.

2015 brings an incredibly powerful programme of performance, poetry, politics and economics and a wide range of experts and storytellers. We are delighted to welcome Mary Berry, Dan Cruickshank and Jeffrey Archer alongside campaigners like Will Hutton and Caroline Craido-Perez plus – to name a few, very unfairly, amongst the many - Jonathan Bate on Ted Hughes; John Lanchester on money; A. N. Wilson on the Bible; Christina Lamb on Afghanistan and debut novelists Emma Hooper and Mary Chamberlain.

This year has seen the continued expansion of our work outside the Festival week. In March the High Street was buzzing as actors from the theatre company Show of Strength performed monologues written by local writers. We are sending authors and performers into an increasing number of local schools and are very excited to be launching a new literacy programme with the charity Beanstalk.

Despite our growth we are still run entirely by volunteers. The size of the committee has increased dramatically to keep pace with our evolving work and Emma Lefevre has taken on the massive challenge of co-ordinating the Festival. Huge thanks to her and the Festival team. Continued thanks also to our patrons, William and Caroline Waldegrave - we are very pleased that they are both appearing at this year’s Festival. We are also extremely grateful for the generosity of Chubb Bulleid and all our sponsors, without who the Festival would not be feasible, and to our established partners Adams Marquees, Wells Waterstones and the Wells Journal as well as our new partner, YOU Magazine.

We are also delighted that this October sees even more events coming to Wells. As well as the Festival of Literature we will be able to enjoy Wells Art Contemporary, Wells Food Festival and New Music Wells. No question – this autumn Wells is the place to be.

Emma Craigie

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