The 2021 Festival

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.

What an amazing week we had! Such a wide variety of speakers from Foraging walks to Political discussion in the pub, and then our talks with some of the foremost writers in the country.

Claire Fuller was talking about her, latest book Unsettled Ground, which has been shortlisted for this year’s Womens Prize for Fiction. Stephen Fabes amused with tales from his travel book ‘Signs of Life’, after taking a break from medicine and spending six years travelling the world on a bicycle. Lucy Jago was here talking about her first novel A Net for Small Fishes which is soon to come out as a film. Robin Hanbury Tenison, with his incredible energy spoke on his latest book Taming the Four Horsemen. Keith Stuart’s book the Frequency of Us will be book of the week on Radio 4, then there was disturbing news from Hamish de Bretton Gordon, all is revealed in Chemical Warrior, talks on Manx Shearwaters, Scicily in the early 1800s and Andrew Lownie gave us lots to ponder on the late Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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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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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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