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Our Book Group Event

The Festival’s Book Group event has always proved immensely popular, providing as it does the rare opportunity to discuss the chosen book with the author in person. Although created with book clubs in mind, this event is open to all. We do however recommend that you read the featured book in advance so that you can gain the very most from the discussion. If you belong to a book club, please make sure we have the details so that we can contact you.

The 2022 Book Group Event will feature Claire Fuller discussing Unsettled Ground which won the Costa Novel Award in 2021. Aptly-named, the book describes the life of Jeanie and Julius, twins who still live with their mother at the age of 51. When she dies, they struggle to preserve their small sanctuary of rural isolation, but the outside world intrudes – and their mother’s secrets begin to unravel…

Described as ‘a powerful beautiful novel that shows us our land as it really is, a place of shelter and cruelty, innocence and experience’ this is a story of betrayal and resilience, of love and survival. Claire’s earlier work has also won awards and Claire herself is a teacher of creative writing as well as a judge on various literary competitions. She promises to be a stimulating guest for this popular Book Group event, and we look forward to welcoming her to Wells at 2.30pm on Sunday 16 October.  

We are very grateful to the Waterstones branch in Wells which is offering book group members a 10% discount on the book.

Literary Lunches

These very special events were much missed in 2020 but we are delighted to welcome them back once again and we have some fascinating writers as dining companions this year!

Kate Humble with some mouth-watering recipes from her farm will talk (and eat) on Tuesday 18 October. The following day we welcome Simon Parkin with his riveting, previously untold, story of a wartime scandal: internment on the Isle of Man. And on Friday, in a Jubilee Year special, royal expert Robert Lacey will talk about the role of the Monarch, touching on the inside story of a ‘family in tumult’.

The speakers will join audience members for lunch in the Dining Hall of Cedars House before their respective talks, which begin at 2pm.  Lunches consist of delicious homemade soup served with artisan bread, followed by a tasty dessert.  

Lunch begins at 12.30pm, the talk at 2.00 pm. £10 per head

It is also possible to purchase ‘talk only’ tickets.