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.

Simon JenkinsSimon Jenkins | Wells Festival of Literature
Nick CleggNick Clegg | Wells Festival of Literature
Mike BrearleyMike Brearley | Wells Festival of Literature
A.C. GraylingA.C. Grayling | Wells Festival of Literature
Adam RutherfordAdam Rutherford | Wells Festival of Literature
John BoyneJohn Boyne | Wells Festival of Literature
Helen Stevenson & Susan BealeHelen Stevenson & Susan Beale | Wells Festival of Literature
Alan JohnsonAlan Johnson | Wells Festival of Literature
Andy HamiltonAndy Hamilton | Wells Festival of Literature
Sarah PerrySarah Perry | Wells Festival of Literature
Martin BrownHorrible Histories illustrator - Martin Brown | Wells Festival of Literature
Gillian ClarkeGillian Clarke | Wells Festival of Literature
Write Up! Speak Up!Write Up! Speak Up! | Wells Festival of Literature
Anne SebbaAnne Sebba | Wells Festival of Literature
John McAvoyJohn McAvoy | Wells Festival of Literature
Hollie McNishHollie McNish | Wells Festival of Literature
Tessa HadleyTessa Hadley | Wells Festival of Literature
Daisy GoodwinDaisy Goodwin | Wells Festival of Literature
Matt FreiMatt Frei | Wells Festival of Literature
Andrew MartinAndrew Martin | Wells Festival of Literature
Joanna MoorheadJoanna Moorhead | Wells Festival of Literature
June SarpongJune Sarpong | Wells Festival of Literature
Dr Scilla ElworthyDr Scilla Elworthy | Wells Festival of Literature
David GoodhartDavid Goodhart | Wells Festival of Literature
Fergal KeaneFergal Keane | Wells Festival of Literature
Graham TomlinGraham Tomlin | Wells Festival of Literature
Rebecca FraserRebecca Fraser | Wells Festival of Literature
Michael & Anne HeseltineMichael & Anne Heseltine | Wells Festival of Literature
Owen SheersOwen Sheers | Wells Festival of Literature
Rowley Leigh & Peter GordonRowley Leigh & Peter Gordon | Wells Festival of Literature
Helen RappaportHelen Rappaport | Wells Festival of Literature
Malcolm GuiteMalcolm Guite | Wells Festival of Literature
Harriet HarmanHarriet Harman | Wells Festival of Literature
Professor Stephen WestabyProfessor Stephen Westaby | Wells Festival of Literature
Helen CzerskiHelen Czerski | Wells Festival of Literature

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All over for another year

The 2017 Silver Anniversary Festival is now all over after ten days of magnificent speakers and wonderfully varied events. We are particularly grateful to Festival Patrons William and Caroline Waldegrave for stepping into the breach so magnificently when traffic issues …
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It’s about to begin

The Chubb Bulleid Marquee has gone up in the beautiful gardens of the Bishop’s Palace, the chairs are neatly arranged and the technical whizzkids have completed their wizardry behind the scenes. In short, the stage is set for the 25th …
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Additional dates for your diary

Since our Silver Anniversary brochure was printed in July, this year’s Festival of Literature has taken on whole new life of its own with all sorts of exciting additions and alterations. Our brand new speaker Matt Frei will be lifting …
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Coffee with James Cary

Comedy scriptwriter of A Monk’s Tale – and much more! How do you take your coffee? I love coffee, but I’m not a purist. Those swanky coffee places are normally appalled when they see I splosh in milk and sugar. …
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