We are busy putting together our programme for our next Festival from 11th to 15th October 2023

There will be a wide range of authors coming to speak this year, on subjects which include Artificial Intelligence, the Biography of Zeals House, a talk from Fergus Butler-Gallie who as a young priest reveals what it’s like to follow the vocation in the 21st century. Authors discuss their books on the aftermath of the Death of Edward VII, Political talk on whether Britain ‘Broke the World’, being a Retirement Rebel and so much more. We hope you’ll join us.

Books and subjects of what’s coming in 2023

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.
  • The opportunity to become involved with the Mere Literary Festival.

Charity donations.

The Mere Literary Festival raises funds for local charities with donations regularly made to the Mere & District Link Scheme. If you are part of a local charity that would like our support then please get in touch. The total donated to the MDLS in 2021 was in excess of £5,400.

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Our sponsors

Visit Hillbrush

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. visit.hillbrush.com

Compton Smith Interiors

Suppliers of well-known specialist Paints, Wallpapers and Fabrics. (Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Colefax & Fowler, Zoffany, Kate Forman and many more brands) Full interior design service. Making up of Curtains and Blinds, Loose Covers and Re-upholstery. Interior Decorating Consultancy. www.comptonsmith.co.uk

Woolley & Wallis

Woolley & Wallis is a multi award-winning, independent firm of Estate Agents, Chartered Surveyors and Auctioneers with a network of eight inter-connected offices in Fordingbridge, Lymington, Marlborough, Mere, Ringwood, Romsey, Shaftesbury and Winchester

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Helping at the Festival

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

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