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The 24th Wells Festival of Literature. Save the dates (14th – 22nd October) and watch out for news of our speakers.


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Photos of the 2015 Festival, courtesy of Charles Glover

Emma Craigie

The busy month of June…

First a very warm welcome to Ann Cook, our inaugural Friend of Wells Festival of Literature. Have a 'chat' with Ann over a cup of coffee, and discover why she's a fan of the Festival, and her other interests. (Click HERE) And if you would like to become a Friend yourself, find out how HERE

Next, do you know any children who have flights of fancy? Or like telling tales? Well here’s their chance to win £50 worth of books. WFL has teamed up with the Mid Somerset Series and Beanstalk to launch a brand new writing competition for children. The theme is Time Travel and it is open to anyone who will be aged between 5 and 15 years old on October 14, 2016. There are two age categories: 5 to 10, and 11 to 15.

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts including WFL’s competition supremo, Jenny Smith, Mid Somerset News & Media editor, Bede MacGowan, and area manager for Beanstalk, Amelia Shaw. Entrants must write a fictional short story (no more than 500 words in length) which will be judged on plot, characterisation, originality, language& enjoyment. Closing date: midnight 15 September 2016. Hard copies can be sent to Mid Somerset News & Media, Southover, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1UH or email to editor@midsomnews.co.uk

Festival Chairs photo

And finally – proof that this year Wells is the place to be for Festival-goers. The four Festivals have joined forces to ensure that the enormous wealth of entertainment and enjoyment they provide is accessible to as many people as possible, confirming the city’s reputation as a centre of culture.

The four Chairs of the festivals, pictured here, are from left: Liz Hand (Wells Art Contemporary), Emma Craigie (Wells Festival of Literature), Paddy O'Hagan (Wells Food Festival), Matthew Owens (New Music Wells).

Emma Craigie

 

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The aim of the Festival is to promote books and the love of reading in the community and particularly in schools...
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