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The 24th Wells Festival of Literature. 14th – 22nd October .

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Colin Thubron
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Laurie Maguire
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Malcolm Grimston
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Alison Weir
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Virginia Ironside
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Prue Leith
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John O'Farrell
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Peter Snow
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Adam Sisman
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David Willey
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Ben Rawlance
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Margaret MacMillan

The 2016 Festival is under way…

The Chubb Bulleid marquee in the Bishop’s Palace gardens was packed to capacity on Friday 14th October for Frank Gardner’s electrifying account of his first novel Crisis. With former Business Secretary Vince Cable on afterwards, the seats remained full for the rest of the evening.

The programme throughout the week promises a huge range of equally inspiring events, some intriguing, some instructive, others controversial, a few amusing, several surprising – but all guaranteed to be entertaining. The telephone booking line is now closed but tickets are still available on the website, or they can be bought, during Festival opening hours, directly from the marquee. But please note that tickets for Matthew Parris, Richard Coles, Austentatious, Deborah Moggach and Andrew Graham-Dixon have all sold out.

We are honoured to be welcoming HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Beanstalk, to a private reception in the Festival marquee. The Duchess will be meeting local children who are currently supported by Beanstalk volunteers, and reading to them from The Best Bear in All the World, produced to celebrate Winnie-the Pooh’s 90th birthday. The Duchess will also be presenting prizes to some of our competition winners.


Fine dining discount

In addition to a brilliant programme, we also have a brilliant offer this year. Several local restaurants have very generously offered a 10% discount on evening meals to Festival-goers. During the Festival these restaurants will offer this discount on a one ticket one discount basis on production of your Festival event ticket. Booking is essential. More details HERE

As the Festival continues, more of those involved will be taking their coffee with us. Catch up with them here


What does the Festival do?
The aim of the Festival is to promote books and the love of reading in the community and particularly in schools...
Wells Festival of Literature Ltd A company limited by guarantee registered in England with number 2827744 Registered address: Tregantle, Milton Lane, Wells, Somerset. BA5 2QT Registered Charity number 1045654.