The programmes for the 2021 Festival will be available to download from this site and hard copies will be distributed to many local shops, libraries and cafes from late August/early September.

We have a great line up of authors coming to us in October; including Claire Fuller talking about her, latest book Unsettled Ground, which has been shortlisted for this year’s Womens Prize for Fiction. Stephen Fabes will also be joining us following the publication of his travel book ‘Signs of Life’, his tale of taking a break from medicine and spending six years travelling the world on a bicycle. Louise Hare’s book This Lovely City is the 2021 Book Club choice and Louise will coming to join us. Lucy Jago will be chatting with Richard Hopton about her first novel A Net for Small Fishes, and Robin Hanbury Tenison is coming to talk about his latest book Taming the Four Horsemen. There are many other writers and events – a Writers’ Workshop, a talk on Getting More from your Reading, Polictics and a Pint, a foraging walk with the author Dave Hamilton; to name just a few. We really hope that there will be something to appeal to everyone.

To keep uptodate with our plans please joing up to our mailing list – there is a link at the bottom of this page.

Ticket sales will be from Saturday 28th August for ‘Friends’ of the Literary Festival, general ticket sales will be available from Saturday 4th September

Become a Festival Friend

The annual cost is £15.00 per adult or £25.00 per couple living at the same address.

Join the Friends

Becoming a Friend of the Festival will provide much needed support to the organisers which will help to attract writers and promote the festival. Benefits include:

  • Advance delivery to your door of the festival programme.
  • Advance priority booking of tickets, up to one week ahead and a maximum of 2 tickets per person. Unlimited events.
  • Priority seating where applicable.
  • Invitation to attend the annual Friend’s Party.
  • Occasionally Literary Events are held throughout the year which are open only to ‘Friends’ and their guests, unlimited numbers.
  • The opportunity to become involved with the Mere Literary Festival.

Raising funds for the Link Scheme

The 2019 Festival has donated in excess of £4,000 to the M&DLS with reserves to reinvest in the 2020 Mere Literary Festival.

The Mere Literary Festival is the fundraising arm of the Mere & District Link Scheme (Registered Charity No. 1062328) which is a local voluntary group based in Mere.

This scheme provides transport at times of need for hospital appointments, which are not covered by the local ambulance or Medicar services, as well as helping people with shopping and other visits to enhance an individual’s quality of life.

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Our sponsors

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Visit Hillbrush is a unique visitor centre where you can come to browse and purchase products in our homeware shop, enjoy the locally sourced food in our spacious and airy restaurant, grab a coffee from our master baristas and even learn about the history of brush-making and Hillbrush everywhere you turn in our exciting, first-of-its-kind brush-making museum. We are the perfect venue for families looking for activities in Wiltshire, or travellers looking for a comfortable, friendly stop.

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Authors & Books for 2021

Participating authors in 2021 include Fanny Charles, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, Lucy Jago, Tom Bromley, Liv Matthews, Karen Hamilton, Keith Stuart, Andrew Lownie, Claire Fuller, Stephen Moss, Stephen Fabes and Robin Hanbury Tenison.

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Helping at Mere Literary Festival

Thank you to all our volunteers that help to keep our festival running smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering for the 2020 festival, follow the link below for more information about what help we need and how you can get involved.

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