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Festival of Literature

2022 will be
30th Anniversary

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Wells is the perfect literary festival: picture-postcard setting in the shadow of its wonderful cathedral; brilliant modern venue and an enthusiastic, encouraging, enquiring and book-loving audience.
Peter Stanford(Author, If These Stones Could Talk)

Choose any event to watch again until the end of November.
We appreciate any donations to the Festival when you watch an event to help us
support our Educational Projects.


  • Our annual Festival of Literature has ended in Cedars Hall, but it continues in homes up and down the country – and all around the world! The brilliant events which have been keeping Wells audiences entertained, informed, amused and engaged since 15 October will remain available for everyone to enjoy until 25 November 2021. Speakers and […]

  • Sneaking behind the scenes of public life is one of the chief delights of attending the Wells Festival of Literature. Coming face to face with people who know what makes the country’s key figures tick is always fascinating and this year the stories they have to tell are proving more riveting than ever. Beatings in […]

  • We very much regret that Emma Young, who was scheduled to talk about Super Senses: The Science of Your 32 Senses and How to Use Them has had to pull out of the Festival. This event was due to take place on Sunday 17th October at 4.15pm Please call the Box Office on 01749 834483 to transfer […]

  • The Festival gets off to a tremendous start this Friday when we welcome the arrival of Our Friends in Beijing, brought to Wells by that veteran China reporter John Simpson. Or could it be Jon Swift? Find out when the Festival opens at 6pm on Friday. If you don’t have a ticket yet, register for live-streaming before […]