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“A wonderful festival in a lovely city,
run by people who are truly
enthusiastic about books.
I hope to come again!”
Caroline Dodds Pennock

“A hugely stimulating and varied festival of ideas,
in a wonderful location.
Well worth travelling for!
A major highlight of my year.”
Daniel Chandler

“Wells Festival was well organised,
warm in spirit and set in a beautiful location.”

Anthony Joseph

“Thanks again for everything.
It was a great experience and
an excellent launch event for my book!”

Hein de Haas

Thank you to our 2023 Speakers


  • 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 […]

  • Tania Branigan has now been shortlisted for two of the most prestigious prizes in the business: the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction and the equally influential Cundill History Prize. This is a magnificent achievement, particularly for a debut work, and we are looking forward to Tania’s event with renewed anticipation!  But Red Memory is by […]