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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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