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Looking ahead to a Silver Anniversary Festival

The programme for the 2017 Silver Anniversary Festival is now complete and we are looking forward to a very special pre-Festival launch when we get off to a glittering start: at 7pm on Friday 29 September Simon Jenkins will be discussing the finest … Read More


Early Airing for 2017 Speakers

Our 2017 programme is almost complete and the brochure with full details will be available in July. As always our speakers cover a broad range of interests and topics, but are united by their level of expertise in their chosen … Read More


2017 Competitions are open

Sharpen your pencils, fill up your pens, or dust down your keyboards… The Festival Competitions for 2017 open today – and no, that’s not an April Fool! But you would be a fool not to give it a go: the … Read More


Silver Anniversary and World Book Day

Plans are well under way for a bumper Festival this autumn to celebrate our Silver Anniversary. We are delighted to show off our new website in World Book Week, a week when our invaluable education projects get a prominent airing! … Read More


Simon Loveday, former Festival Chairman

Updated: 11 Nov 2016 It is with great regret that we announce that Simon died on 29th October, soon after entertaining a packed marquee with stories from his fascinating new book. A moving Service of Thanksgiving for his life took place … Read More


The 2016 Festival is now over

After nine brilliant, action-packed days, the Wells Festival of Literature is now over for another year. The Chubb Bulleid marquee in the Bishop’s Palace gardens was packed almost every day for this most successful of Festivals. Our diverse programme, with … Read More


Our 2016 Competition Winners Are…

After weeks of deliberation over what has been a bumper load of entries we are pleased to be able to publish the winners of our Childrens, Short Story and Poetry competitions. Click here to view the results of the Childrens competition … Read More


The 2016 Festival is under way

The Chubb Bulleid marquee in the Bishop’s Palace gardens was packed to capacity on Friday 14th October for Frank Gardner’s electrifying account of his first novel Crisis. With former Business Secretary Vince Cable on afterwards, the seats remained full for … Read More


A new cyber comedian with a hilarious approach to emails…

Everyone knows they must delete SCAM emails…everyone except James Veitch. James is a comic genius who has spent the past few years responding to as many scam emails as he can – and then turning the resulting correspondence into one … Read More


Showcase of Local Talent

Write Up! Speak Up! will take place on Sunday 16th October at 7pm. Comedian and poet Liv Torc, winner of the national Radio 4 poetry slam and former bard of Exeter, will be performing, alongside a variety of different acts … Read More

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