About Us

Mere Literary Festival

The Mere Literary Festival is the fundraising arm of the Mere & District Linkscheme – Registered Charity No. 1062328. The Linkscheme helps people in Mere and the surrounding villages who need transport for medical appointments, shopping trips or to attend local social events, It is run entirely by volunteers who give their time for free.

The Festival aims to celebrate the spoken word and bring together the local community.  Where possible we aim to showcase local talent, other speakers are drawn from around the country.   We endeavour to have a diverse range of speakers to appeal to a wide range of ages and interests.  There are events for children and an annual competion.

The first Mere Literary Festival was held in 1997, the idea of Adrienne Howell.  Adrienne has been a resident of Mere all her life; she retired as Festival organiser at the end of 2018.  In January 2019 Adrienne was awarded the British Empoire Medal for services to the community – a much deserved recognition of her years of work in this small town.


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