Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch at last year’s Wells Literature Festival. PHOTO: Charles Glover
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With the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, it is unclear what will and will not be allowed when Wells Festival of Literature is scheduled to go ahead this year from October 16 to 24.
The committee, who give their time for free, are working hard behind the scenes to produce a festival in the best possible way for their loyal audience.
Before lockdown, they had already assembled a variety of speakers talking on a wide range of subjects.
They had also decided to increase the amount of money to be spent during 2020 on their important Education Projects to £25,000.
This will not change and has been able to continue because of the support provided by the community.
Despite not knowing what format the festival will take, principal sponsors, solicitors Chubb Bulleid, have expressed their wish to be involved again.
Westholme Publishing and the Journal of the American Revolution have more than doubled their sponsorship from last year’s event.
Judith Rouse, a solicitor at Chubb Bulleid and a firm fan of the festival, said: “The breadth of subjects and enthusiasm of the speakers is wonderful.
“In a world of soundbites, it is great to hear in-depth opinions and I hope that more people feel able to come to these events.
“I would hope that more schools might consider taking groups to the non-fiction events as well as those that fit with the English curriculum.”
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2020 marks the 28th Festival of Literature held in Wells, Somerset.