Diverse line-up set to provoke and inspire

September 01 2021
Diverse line-up set to provoke and inspire

BOTANISTS, biographers, barristers; comedians, consultants, cooks; environmentalists, editors, essayists; journalists, jokers; politicians, professors, poets …

People of all persuasions will be heading to Wells during October to take part in Wells Festival of Literature, which promises eight days of almost everything.

There will be fact and fiction, poetry and prose, of course. But within those broad categories audiences will find a wealth of variety that promises to inform, entertain and inspire. Annoy? Possibly. Challenge? Hopefully. Amuse? Undoubtedly.

The topics being covered during October will include war and peace, hope and despair, laughter and tears, truth and lies, youth and age… Amongst the characters being discussed are Hitler, Trump, Gatsby, Little Dorrit, Frances Graham, Captain Cook, Eurydice and the Scottish nanny.

The speakers coming to Wells to share their wit and wisdom in Cedars Hall include John Simpson, Jonathan Bate, Ambra Edwards, Lucy Jago, Anil Seth, Owen Sheers, Peter Oborne, Andrew Gailey, Emily Mayhew and many more.

In short, there’s plenty of talent, a vast spread of knowledge, a huge variety of opinion, some fascinating views and a generous sprinkling of suggestions. This year there’s even a cream tea to be had – in addition to three deliciously inspiring Literary Lunches.

Full details of the 33 events on offer between October 15 and 23 can be found on the Wells Festival of Literature website, and in the colourful brochure. Priority booking is open from August 31, with tickets available to the public from Monday, September 6.

Go to www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk for full details, or ring the box office telephone line 01749 834483 (weekdays 9.30am-12.30pm).

• Picture: Gyles Brandreth and Isy Suttie are both heading to Wells