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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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in our Genes

What do you know, or think you know, about genes? Do they define you, and give licence to particular behaviours, abilities or proclivities? Is there royal blood in your genes? Or just exceptionally sticky earwax? Well, as Dr Adam Rutherford, scientist and broadcaster, will explain to a patrician Wells audience, we all have royal blood!

Brian Cox says that, whether you’re an expert or a novice, this account of our genes will leave you ‘spellbound’. Dr Rutherford separates the facts from the fallacies surrounding the field of genetics, and suggests that our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems.

‘Magisterial, informative and delightful’ Peter Frankopan

‘he consistently gets it right’ Richard Dawkins

‘Adam Rutherford puts the genes in genealogy brilliantly' Matt Ridley

This event is kindly sponsored by Nisbets
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Adam Rutherford

October 14, 2017, 12:00pm - October 14, 2017, 1:00pm

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in our Genes What do you know, or think you know, about genes? Do they define you, and give licence to particular behaviours, abilities or proclivities? Is there royal blood in your genes? Or just exceptionally sticky earwax? Well, as Dr Adam Rutherford, scientist and broadcaster, will explain to a patrician Wells audience, we all have royal blood! Brian Cox says that, whether you’re an expert or a novice, this account of our genes will leave you ‘spellbound’. Dr Rutherford separates the facts from the fallacies surrounding the field of genetics, and suggests that our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. ‘Magisterial, informative and delightful’ Peter Frankopan ‘he consistently gets it right’ Richard Dawkins ‘Adam Rutherford puts the genes in genealogy brilliantly' Matt Ridley This event is kindly sponsored by Nisbets

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