Two special memorial events

This year we are dedicating two Festival events to two very special WFL colleagues: Thelma Fisher, who died earlier this year, and Simon Loveday who died last October. The first of these, in memory of Thelma, will take place on … Read More


2017 A Book for Children Competition

This year’s competition to be judged by Steve Voake. The shortlisted entries are shown below in alphabetical order: We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered our competitions. If you’re not on the list, please try again … Read More


2017 Competitions

This year, to celebrate our Silver Anniversary, we have raised the prize money to 1st: £750, 2nd: £300 and 3rd: £200 in all three categories. We are continuing to offer the Hilly Cansdale local poetry prize of £100 and the … Read More


There’s now even more to the 2017 Festival

Our special Silver Anniversary brochure has been out on the streets for less than a month and there is now even more news to report! First, we have a completely new event on the programme– and it’s free. Rafael Klein … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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. … Read More

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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

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