Thank you for supporting the 2023 Festival

We appreciate your support for the 2023 festival and a special thanks to the Friends of the Festival and the regulars we see year on year. Your words of encouragement and congratulations are valued. We’ve had some lovely feedback and our thoughts are already turning to the programme for 2024.

Gallery from 2023

Participating authors in 2023 included Tom Parfitt, Soibhan Daniels, Felice Hardy, Arthur Snell, Tom Fort, Fergus Butler-Gallie, Rebecca Struthers, Martin Williams, Rupert Robson, Jennie Elias and Roger Morgan-Grenville.

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.

Book Sales

We’re pleased that books from this year’s festival will again be available for sale at the venues. This is kindly provided by Winstone’s, an independent book seller based in Sherborne.

Our sponsors

The Brush & Broom Restaurant at Hillbrush

Easy access for a taste of Wiltshire, just on the edge of Mere. We use the very best ingredients and local produce – meet friends and family for the perfect meal or coffee meet up.

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.

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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