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The 24th Wells Festival of Literature. 14th – 22nd October .


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Tom Holland
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Malcolm Grimstone
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Andrew Graham-Dixon
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Alison Moore
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Deborah Moggach
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Sonia Purnell
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John O'Farrell
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Simon Loveday
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Prue Leith
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Alison Weir
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David Willey
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Marc Allum
Emma Craigie

Our speakers and performers for the 2016 Festival are now confirmed, and we are delighted to announce yet another superb programme with a brilliant mix of topics: politics, history, current events, food, science, the environment, poetry, fiction, drama … As always the programme provides an extensive range of interest: many different viewpoints, many different passions – but the same high quality.

The Festival starts on Friday 14th October with veteran BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner who has used his extensive knowledge of the world situation to produce a riveting first novel, Crisis. He is followed by former Business Secretary Vince Cable, whilst during the first weekend alone we have a wonderfully varied list of speakers and topics: winner of this year’s Orwell Prize, Arkady Ostrovsky, discusses the invention of Russia; Sarah Helm takes us inside Ravensbruck, Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women, and Gaia Vince leads us to the ‘heart of the planet we made’. Then there’s Alexandra Harris on the weather in literature, Tom Holland on the Caesars and Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever) answering questions on her latest work, Something to Hide, in our ever popular Book Group event. There’s performance by Peep Show favourite Issy Suttie plus a brand new ‘open mic’ event featuring local writers and poets, with the second ever Bard of Exeter, Liv Torc, as compere. All that and more just in the first weekend…

To download the 2016 brochure as a PDF document (21Mb) with full details of all events, click HERE. Brochures will also be widely available in Wells and the surrounding area. And if you want to guarantee receiving your own copy in advance next year, why not consider becoming a Friend of Wells Festival of Literature (Details Here). Friends also enjoy the benefit of priority booking which starts this year on 9th July.

Public booking for the Festival starts on 16th July. This can be done on line HERE or by telephone. The phone line is open from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive - from 10am to midday, starting on 16th July: 030 0201 0211.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Chubb Bulleid Marquee in the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens in October.

Emma Craigie

 

As the school holidays start, Helen Burchell, Headteacher of West Pennard Primary School, certainly deserves to relax with a cup of coffee. Share her love of books and teaching on our How do you take your coffee? slot. And catch up with some of our other WFL coffee drinkers at the same time…

 

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