Join us from 23-30 October 2021

Join us from 23-30 October 2021

Join us from 23-30 October 2021

Welcome to the Wantage Literary Festival

In the Literary Vale….

The Wantage Literary Festival is an eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!

Celebrating all things literary, with talks, workshops, themed evenings & family friendly shows, the Festival can be found happening in venues around Wantage, & is generously supported each year by local businesses, organisations & authors. Events are organised by a Director and a dedicated team of volunteers, who also help run a charitable outreach programme bringing the wonder of words to local schools.

Welcome to the Wantage Literary Festival

In the Literary Vale….

The Wantage Literary Festival is an eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!

Celebrating all things literary, with talks, workshops, themed evenings & family friendly shows, the Festival can be found happening in venues around Wantage, & is generously supported each year by local businesses, organisations & authors. Events are organised by a Director and a dedicated team of volunteers, who also help run a charitable outreach programme bringing the wonder of words to local schools.

Welcome to the Wantage Literary Festival

In the Literary Vale….

The Wantage Literary Festival is an eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!

Celebrating all things literary, with talks, workshops, themed evenings & family friendly shows, the Festival can be found happening in venues around Wantage, & is generously supported each year by local businesses, organisations & authors. Events are organised by a Director and a dedicated team of volunteers, who also help run a charitable outreach programme bringing the wonder of words to local schools.

2020 Festival Announcement

The Wantage Literary Festival has announced that it has taken the regrettable decision to cancel events for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next Festival will now take place 23-30 October 2021.

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Confirmed for 2021

Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley
Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley
Elly Griffiths
Elly Griffiths
Martin Bell
Martin Bell
Sunny Ormonde
Sunny Ormonde
Peter Stanford
Peter Stanford
Nicola Cornick
Nicola Cornick
Kathryn Harkup
Kathryn Harkup
Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield
helen fry
Helen Fry

Watch Again…

Take a look at all of our 2020 online talks that have taken place. Click on the images to view the talks on YouTube.

Rebecca Clifford & Gary Sheffield 'Survivors: Children's Lives After the Holocaust'
Helen Fry & Garry Sheffield 'MI9'
Romantic Fiction Panel. Sue Moorcroft, Jo Thomas and Jude Wake, chaired by Sammy Ashby.
Andrea Zurvich 'Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain'.
Adam Croft & Valery Rose 'What Lies Beneath'
Linda Parker 'Airborne Chaplains of the Second World War'
'E J Bates Poetry Relief'

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The whole atmosphere was warm both physically and emotionally... I shall work hard to write another book in anticipation of being invited once again to Wantage

Rosamund Young, author of 'The Secret Life of Cows'

The jewel in the crown of the Wantage event calendar

Jane Hanna OBE, Oxfordshire County Councillor.

Thanks so much for inviting me back to the festival this year. I had such a wonderful time and the audience were as lovely as I remember from last year!

Tracy Borman, Author, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust

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Thanks to our past sponsors

We are very grateful to all our supporters and sponsors. Their generosity enables us to present a lively and wide-ranging programme and keep festival tickets affordable. Confirmed sponsors and supporters for Festival 2019 include…

Photography for the festival has being kindly provided by approved members of the Wantage Camera Club

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