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The Festival has grown and developed during its 30 years, but its aims remain the same:

To encourage a widespread love of literature by providing an entertaining, informative and inspirational Festival in the city of Wells.

To develop that love of literature from an early age by helping to fund a broad programme of educational and literacy events for young people in the local area.

I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a festival event as much as the one I’ve just done at Wells Festival of Literature – there was a big crowd of engaged and friendly readers, and a warm welcome by the organisers, who had thought of everything, and made it all feel seamless and relaxing – a real pleasure, from start to finish.

Lucy Atkins


  • The event is open exclusively to Friends and Sponsors of the Festival. To find out more about supporting the work of the Festival as a Friend or Sponsor, please go to the Support Us page.

  • The 29th Wells Festival of Literature has now ended and the team of volunteers who put it together are pausing for a well-earned rest. Described by Anil Seth, one of our most popular speakers this year, as ‘an absolute joy,’ the 29th Festival proved to be easily as enjoyable as the preceding 28. As always, […]

  • … it ends in November! Although the 2021 Festival officially ended on 23 October, it is still being watched online by fans from here, there and everywhere. But all good things must come to an end and our festival is no exception! From 26 November the recorded events will be taken off the website and […]

  • 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 […]