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Welcome to the Exeter Literary Festival

Celebrating the appreciation of words in all their forms, and of writing and literature within Exeter and the surrounding area, through professionally organised and widely accessible literary events.

Festival Programme

Covid-19 Precautions

During the Festival our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our audiences, speakers, volunteers and organising team. All events will be conducted in accordance with government restrictions at the time of the event and will be carried out in a Covid-secure manner. Therefore do not attend if you, or any of your party, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had a positive COVID-19 test.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 safety policy in place and ticket holders will receive information in advance of their event should anything change.

The programme for this year’s festival is now fixed, with an opening event on Saturday 9th October and the main events running from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th November. We have a wonderful array of speakers, local , national and international including: Ann Cleeves, creator of Shetland and Vera; Paul Atterbury, forty-year stalwart of Antiques Road Show; harpist and local author, Hazel Prior, whose wonderful latest novel Away With the Penguins is a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for 2021; Mike Thomson, BBC Correspondent, talking about the Secret Library in Syria; and Alfie Moore from BBC Radio’s It’s A Fair Cop.


We are keeping everything crossed we will be able to run a full set of events this year with no changes or cancellations. But if we’ve learned anything from the past 18 months, it’s that we should expect the unexpected. So we’re not giving any guarantees. And if we do need to make changes at the last minute, it’s really helpful to be able to get the word out as widely as possible. If you’re not already on our mailing list, why not sign up now and get all the latest news as soon as it’s available.


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2021 Competition

This year’s Short Story Competition is now closed.

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