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The 2017 Festival is on its way

The 2017 Wells Festival of Literature will be our 25th, and plans are already under way to make it our most exciting yet. To mark the importance of the year, we have updated our website with a brand new regal colour and have also created a memorable silver anniversary logo.

There’s a new Festival Chairman at the helm as well. Richard Manning has been on the Festival committee since 2013 and was therefore well-placed to take over from Emma Craigie who stepped down at the end of the 2016 Festival, after running the ship with enormous success for three years. Emma was hugely committed to the Festival, and oversaw its popular move to the magnificent Bishop’s Palace. The Festival is very much ‘at home’ in its wonderful marquee in the beautiful Palace gardens, almost as if it had always been there. We are very grateful to the Palace for allowing us to make our home there. It certainly made a perfect spot to welcome HRH the Duchess of Cornwall when she attended the Festival last year. Everyone connected with WFL, organisers and audiences alike, owe Emma a great debt of gratitude for her role in putting the Wells Festival on the map in such a memorable way.

Our new Chair brings an equal amount of dedication, commitment and expertise to the role. You can read more about what makes Richard tick in our Coffee with…

And of course our commitment to education continues with the WFL Education Committee setting up new initiatives in local schools all the time. To celebrate 2017 World Book Week the Festival funded: A visit by local children’s author, Joffre White to Croscombe School to lead an inspiring creative writing day

Workshops on creative writing and motivation by Steve Voake at West Pennard School
Sessions with English and media students at Strode College by the performance poet, Inja (see pic)
A talk at Whitstone School in Shepton Mallet by poet, Tony Walsh

There will be plenty more to report in the year ahead; supporting local schools and the literacy charity Beanstalk is where all our proceeds go…

Speakers for the Silver Anniversary Festival are currently being approached and confirmed. The full programme will be available in early July, but we will keep you informed of what’s in store in the months ahead – both in our regular newsletters, and on the website. The first event will be the launch of our ever popular competitions. Details will posted here and online at the end of March.

In the meantime, please make a note of our 2017 dates: 13th to 21st October. We look forward to seeing you there.

Performance poet Inja at Strode College

Performance poet Inja at Strode College - Wells Festival of Literature


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