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Festival of Literature

2022 will be
30th Anniversary

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I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a festival event as much as the one I’ve just done at Wells Festival of Literature – there was a big crowd of engaged and friendly readers, and a warm welcome by the organisers, who had thought of everything, and made it all feel seamless and relaxing – a real pleasure, from start to finish.

Lucy Atkins


  • 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, […]

  • … it ends in November! Although the 2021 Festival officially ended on 23 October, it is still being watched online by fans from here, there and everywhere. But all good things must come to an end and our festival is no exception! From 26 November the recorded events will be taken off the website and […]

  • Our annual Festival of Literature has ended in Cedars Hall, but it continues in homes up and down the country – and all around the world! The brilliant events which have been keeping Wells audiences entertained, informed, amused and engaged since 15 October will remain available for everyone to enjoy until 25 November 2021. Speakers and […]

  • Sneaking behind the scenes of public life is one of the chief delights of attending the Wells Festival of Literature. Coming face to face with people who know what makes the country’s key figures tick is always fascinating and this year the stories they have to tell are proving more riveting than ever. Beatings in […]