We are looking forward to hosting another Festival from 11th – 15th October 2022

The Festival has souced some wonderful authors, Barney Norris will be talking about his latest (fourth) book Undercurrent which is published in August, Lou Hare will be telling us about Miss Aldridge Regrets, The Marsh House by Zoe Somerville will also be featured. Talks on Wild Waters will be of interest to Wild Swimmers and Kate Hughes will be sharing her experiences of her families journey to a zero waste greener life. So save the dates and we look forward to seeing you in the autumn.

We’re thrilled that General Sir Richard Sherreff will be talking about his 2017 book ‘War With Russia’. General Richard was Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and there will be much to discuss about the war in Ukraine.

Other new authors talking are Sally Page and Angela Findlay; James Cawdon on Cider Making and Kate Morgan about her book on ‘Murder’, Natasha Solomaons on Mona Lisa and Roger Morgan Grenville returns to speak about his next book ‘Taking Stock’ about farming cattle.

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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.

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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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.

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. visit.hillbrush.com

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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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