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Festival Programme

Throughout the three days of the festival, there will be two streams running simultaneously. All events are open to anyone. However, events of more interest to readers will take place in the Library. Events of more interest to writers, including workshops, will take place at the Custom House.

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In The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

A Greener Future?

Hosted by Martin Wright

Chair, Positive News

1PM – 2.40PM

Climate of Optimism?

Professor Peter Cox

Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Lucy Siegle

3PM – 5PM

Eating Better, Living Better

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Natalie Fee


In the Library

9:30AM – 11AM


Unmumsy Mum – Sarah Turner

Eternity Leave – Simon Kettlewell

11.30AM – 1PM

Feelgood Fiction

Away with the Penguins – Hazel Prior

2PM – 3:30PM

Historical Fiction I

The Drowned City – K J Maitland

4PM – 5:30PM

Celebrating Exeter

Todd Gray and John Allan discuss the best books about our city’s colourful history.

11.30AM – 12:30PM

Indie Publishing

The Route To Publishing – Elizabeth Ducie


12:30PM – 4PM


Hosted by Exeter Writers – Win free entry to the Exeter Novel Prize or Exeter Writers Short Story Competition


4PM – 5PM

Submitting Your Work

Preparing your Submission – Margaret James and Cathie Hartigan


In the Library


Behind the Scenes at The Antiques Roadshow

An evening with writer and Antiques Roadshow expert, Paul Atterbury.


In the Library

9:30AM – 11AM

Displaced People

Mike Thomson Syria’s Secret Library

Khaled Wakkaa Human Crossings

11.30AM – 1PM

Displaced People II

Neema Shah Kololo Hill

Davina Quinlivan Shalimar

2PM – 3:30PM

Historical Fiction II

Jane Johnson The Sea Gate

4pm – 5:30pm

Fellowship of the Ring

Jane Johnson and Alan Lee in conversation on the film’s  20th anniversary .

At the Custom House

9.30AM – 11AM

Audio Books

Indie publishing – Paul K Joyce

11.30AM – 1PM


Social Media for Creatives  – Gillian Taylor

2PM – 4PM

Blogs & Reviews: Why They Matter

Karen Huxtable, Anne Williams & Dan Bassett

In the Library


Fair Cop Unleashed

An evening with Police Officer, writer, comedian and radio broadcaster, Alfie Moore.


In the Library

12.30PM – 2PM

International Bestselling Crime

Lilja Sigurdardóttir, Thomas Enger, Will Carver & Antti Tuomainen

2:30PM – 4PM

Crime & Thrillers

Ann Cleeves, Mick Herron & Martyn Waites.

At the Custom House

9.30AM – 11AM

Stories For Magazines

Angela Wooldridge

11:30AM – 1PM

Exploring Diverse Writers in the South West

Louisa Adjoa Parker

1:30PM – 4:30PM

Flash Fiction Workshop

K M Elkes

At the Custom House

5:30PM – 7:30PM

Festival Finale: How To End It Well

Gill Barr, Elaine Becket, Helen Evans, Greta Stoddart,

The programme for this year’s festival is shaping up to be rather spectacular. To keep up-to-date with the latest news, just join our mailing list!


We are keeping everything crossed we will be able to run a normal set of events this year. But if there are restrictions still in place, priority will be given to members of the Friends Group. So if you want to be certain of your seats for this year’s festival (and let’s face it, we’re all looking forward to being able to get out there again), why not sign up today?


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2021 Competition

This year’s Short Story Competition is now closed.