The 2021 Festival
We are very much hoping that the Mere Literary Festival will be able to take place later this year. We have a number of authors who have agreed to come to us in October; including Claire Fuller who will be speaking about her, latest book Unsettled Ground,published in March and 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 talking 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 authors coming to speak along with a Writers’ Workshop, a talk on Getting More from your Reading, Polictics and a Pint, a foraging walk with the author Dave Hamilton.
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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.
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