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2024 Festival 18 – 26 October

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Wells Festival of Literature
International Competitions close 30 June


  • With only a few months left until this year’s Festival gets under way, activity behind the scenes is already evident. For a start, entries are flying into our International Competitions. The closing date for all four categories is 30 June – so get creating as soon as you can. The prize money is extremely generous! […]

  • The 31st Wells Festival of Literature is now over but it has left us some wonderful memories, every one of them different. Wes Streeting, who led the way with the opening event, featured on many ‘Top Ten’ lists.  So did Robin Ince, Chris Patten and Emily Kenway – all of them appearing on that first […]

  • As a Festival of Literature our chief passion, obviously, is for words! But there are occasions when figures speak louder and, as the countdown to the opening of the Festival gathers momentum, we thought we would share some of those numbers: 1 venue, 35 events, 36 speakers, 12 interviewers, 15 Competition Prizewinners, 18 sponsors, 5738 […]