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Ilminster Literary Festival

The annual Ilminster Literary Festival offers people of all ages from Ilminster and the surrounding area a great opportunity to meet authors and other literary and arts personalities through talks, discussions and meetings at affordable prices.

Since their start in 2016 the Festivals have been well supported by local people, businesses, the Library, Friends and Sponsors, and by generous donations from Ilminster Town Council, SSDC, The Gooch Charitable Trust, The Ilminster Educational 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 and even further.

After a very successful Festival in 2019, another strong array of speakers was lined up for 2020. We had covered history, music, crime (and a bit of punishment), laughter, nature, politics, and even the editor of a national daily newspaper. And not forgetting the famous Ilminster Literary Festival Quiz – there really was something for everyone. Unfortunately, and with great regret, the Festival was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic and in line with Government advice and guidance.

But this is 2021 – and we’re back!

As lockdowns end and Covid restrictions lift we’ve planned a shortened Festival for November which includes many of the speakers who were lined up for last year. To whet your appetite for the Festival do take a look at our latest Newsletter, attached and then look out for subsequent Newsletters and the full Programme brochure, published in the early autumn. Tickets will also be on sale then and we can’t wait to welcome you all to ILF 2021!


Become a Friend of ILF?

The Trustees are truly grateful to local people for their support and in particular to the FRIENDS OF ILF, who go the extra mile to make the Festival successful. Currently we’re looking for people who might like to become a Friend to the 2022 Festival. If you are interested in finding out more, without any need to commit at this stage, please email the Festival office – ilminsterlitfest@gmail.com – and request a free information sheet


May we take this opportunity of thanking you for your support of the Ilminster Literary Festival, and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Festival.

The Trustees of the Ilminster Literary Festival.