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


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


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

England's Cathedrals by Simon Jenkins - Wells Festival of Literature

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

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