June 2018. The Literary Festival Committee are busy compiling the programme for next year already. We are looking forward to seeing Martin Bell, Fay Weldon, Chris Mullen, Laurie Graham, Daisy Waugh and many more exciting guests this June. The full line up will be available soon ..watch this space!
History of the Festival
The Ilminster Literary Festival was set up to offer local people of all ages in Ilminster and the surrounding areas an exciting and enjoyable opportunity to meet a variety of authors, editors, and script writers through discussion, talks and meetings, at affordable prices.
The Ilminster Literary Festival is now a Registered Charity No 1169618
The Festival is run by a group of 7 trustees, and a Management Operations committee of around 6 volunteers. No one is paid a salary or wage.
The first Festival ran from the 1st to 9th of June 2016 in a variety of locations in Ilminster and surrounding villages with the emphasis being on local authors Our second Festival was equally as successful and varied and with a sense of anticipating that this will become an annual event. Our third Festival in June will be launched at a Book Fair in April, quickly followed by a Quiz Night (all welcome) and then the Festival itself will start on 31st May and run until 7th June, with 20 plus events.
Tickets for the various events will be available either online via this website, or from a local shop, Airs and Graces in Silver Street, Ilminster.
The Festival is being supported by local people, businesses, the Library, Friends or Sponsors, and by generous donations in the past from Ilminster Town Council, SSDC, the Gooch Charitable Trust, Ilminster Education Foundation, and Tesco Stores. All of these contributions have enabled the Festival to build year on year ,with well known speakers appearing from across the UK.