2018 Competitions Shortlists

The shortlisted entries for our 2018 competitions are now available. Once the final judging has taken place the prizes will be awarded to the winners. This prize giving will take place during the Festival at a special ceremony in Cedars … Read More


2018 Brochure – Available Soon!

The brand new 2018 brochure is currently being printed and will be widely available from next week. As always it’s a bright and eye-catching booklet, featuring our iconic quotation marks and packed with information about all the events on offer … Read More


Holiday reading

Now that the holiday season is here and the glorious sunshine is begging to be soaked up in the company of a good book, the Wells Festival of Literature has some wonderful recommendations for your holiday reading. To start with, … Read More


Booking for our 2018 Festival has begun

Priority booking has begun and tickets for events at our 26th Festival of Literature are already ‘flying off the shelf’! And at 9.30am on Monday 16 July booking opens to the general public. The easiest way to book is online … Read More


A Festival garden event that blossomed

When Michael and Anne Heseltine were delayed on their way to speak to last October’s Festival audience about the creation of their magnificent garden at Thenford in Northamptonshire, disappointment threatened.  When William and Caroline Waldegrave took to the stage instead, … Read More


The Competition deadline approaches…

The deadline for our literary competitions is looming so if you are planning to enter one of our four categories this year, please don’t delay. Entries must be submitted by 30 June 2018. There are four different categories to choose … Read More


Pre-Festival event for Friends and supporters

If you have ever considered becoming a Friend of the Festival, but never quite got round to it, now is definitely the time to act! The countdown to our 2018 Festival has begun, and over the next few weeks we … Read More


Poetry. An Inspiration for the Young

As part of the WFL Education Committee’s programme of work in local schools, the poet AF Harrold visited Hemington School on 20 March. All the children involved in the day’s poetry activities were so inspired by the visit that they … Read More


A new outlook for the 2018 Festival

The Festival venue is moving – to the city’s newest performance facility, Cedars Hall, a comfortable, modern and convenient venue at the heart of Wells. Our aims, however, have not changed. We will continue to celebrate the written word and … Read More


2017 Competition Results

The competition results for 2017 are now available. The entries have all been judged, and the prizes were awarded at a special ceremony in the Bishop’s Palace during the Festival. To celebrate our Silver Anniversary, we raised the prize money … Read More


All over for another year

The 2017 Silver Anniversary Festival is now all over after ten days of magnificent speakers and wonderfully varied events. We are particularly grateful to Festival Patrons William and Caroline Waldegrave for stepping into the breach so magnificently when traffic issues … Read More


It’s about to begin

The Chubb Bulleid Marquee has gone up in the beautiful gardens of the Bishop’s Palace, the chairs are neatly arranged and the technical whizzkids have completed their wizardry behind the scenes. In short, the stage is set for the 25th … Read More


Additional dates for your diary

Since our Silver Anniversary brochure was printed in July, this year’s Festival of Literature has taken on whole new life of its own with all sorts of exciting additions and alterations. Our brand new speaker Matt Frei will be lifting … Read More


Yet another anniversary

Wells Festival of Literature celebrates its 25th Anniversary in October and we are proud to be sharing that celebration, albeit on a longer timescale, with the Reformation and Martin Luther. In October it will be 500 years since Luther famously … Read More

Martin Brown at Wells Festival of Literature

A Horrible new event announced!

We are thrilled to announce that Martin Brown will be discussing his delightful drawings at the Festival on Sunday 15 October at 3.30. Martin is an extremely popular illustrator of a wide range of wonderful children’s books, but is perhaps … Read More

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