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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 last festivals seem to have hurried by in a flash and here we are, before we know it, on the point of celebrating our 30th anniversary.  But before you make time for that splendid event, don’t forget the International Competitions are drawing to a close. They have been open since 1 April ( yes […]

  • 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, […]