Our aim is to promote a love of the written word, first by running an inspiring and entertaining Festival of Literature and secondly by using any profit to encourage the next generation to embrace that love of literature, through helping to fund and support educational projects in Wells and the surrounding area.
Our committee is run entirely by volunteers, and our funding comes solely from ticket sales, our Friends and the generosity of our sponsors. We owe our success to their invaluable support.
Become a Friend
The Wells Festival of Literature Friends scheme offers members the chance to become a Patron of the Arts and be more involved with all aspects of the Wells Festival of Literature. The scheme encourages our audiences to become actively engaged with what the Festival seeks to achieve, ensuring that we continue to provide a stimulating, entertaining and popular programme in the years ahead.
Benefits of Membership
- Priority booking: ticket sales for Friends will open a full week before general booking is available
- 10% Discount on Tickets
- Event invitation – to an exclusive pre-Festival event which takes place when the Festival programme is made public
- Brochure mailing: delivered hot off the press straight to your home!
- Friends will automatically be added to our mailing list to receive email updates from the Festival
The Friends Membership runs from 5 November 2023 to 4 November 2024. You can pay your 2024 membership fee online using your credit or debit card details, or by postal form if you wish to pay by cheque, standing order or bank transfer (BACS):
With the ongoing support of our Friends, we hope to increase our educational work, and so further extend the love of literature and learning among the young people of our county.
We are always looking for sponsors to help support the Festival so we can continue to fund our programme of educational projects. There are many ways you can help – from sponsoring an event (or several) to providing a service or product for use during the Festival. There are several packages and opportunities available – and it is never too late to offer your support; our work with local schools and colleges continues throughout the year.
Thank you to Sponsors and Supporters of the 2023 Festival
Without the generosity of our many sponsors and supporters we would be unable to provide such a successful and enjoyable Festival, nor continue our charitable donations. Thanks to all for their generosity, with a special mention to Chubb Bulleid, our principal sponsor, who are once again offering very generous support across the whole Festival. In addition, we are grateful to all the people who help out in so many ways, including Microbitz who lent us invaluable laptops for the smooth running of our Q&A sessions and to the White Hart who have agreed to host our brand new literary Quiz event.
Our 2023 Sponsors:
|Chubb Bulleid, principal sponsor|
|Amba||Nick and Denise Brice|
|Basil Powell Shoes||Old Mill|
|Chris and Rosie Inge||Pilgrim Saltus|
|Eleanor Decamp||Priory Dental|
|Investec Wealth & Investment (UK)||RCR Partnership|
|Jo Littman||Wells Cathedral School|
|John Jackson||Westholme Publishing|
And a massive Thank you to all our volunteer helpers
|Cedars Hall staff||MicroBitz for the loan of their laptops|
|Competition judges and shortlisters||Nisbets|
|David Schroetter||St Andrews Press|
|Heidi Shakespeare||Starry Dog Books|
|Jo Shepherd Festival Photographer||The White Hart for hosting our Quiz|
|Mary & Jorgen Nielson||Waterstones|
|Max Kolombos||Wells Chamber of Commerce|
Our Patrons: The Rt. Hon. Lord Waldegrave of North Hill and Lady Waldegrave
Festival Associates: James Coomarasamy, Sarah LeFanu, David Lister, Andrew Miller, Stephen Moss, Julia Samuel
- Priority booking + 10% discount on 4 tickets to each event
- Complimentary tickets to the sponsored event
- Opportunity to purchase hospitality tickets
- An invitation to special events
- Publicity on marketing materials
- Event sponsors receive a signed copy of the book
To find out more about the rewards of Festival sponsorship, please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to sponsor an event at the Festival, you might prefer to make a one-off donation. We are very grateful that the support we have had over the past few difficult years has enabled us to maintain our work with local schools and colleges. Our hope for the future is to extend that help and increase our contribution to a wide range of invaluable educational projects. Any donations, however small, will help us achieve this. To find out more about our Education Projects click here. You can donate via PayPal (below).