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The programme for our 29th Festival is already being put together and we are looking forward to sharing details later this year.

It will run from Friday 15 through to Saturday 23 October and is likely to consist of mainly live events, with a few, if necessary, being ‘virtual’.

As an added bonus the entire 2021 Festival will also be live-streamed, allowing those unable to attend in person to enjoy every event. That includes our growing audience from around the world!

Our International Competitions also return this year, opening for entries on 1 April 2021.


  • 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 […]