Coronavirus Update – Our Spring Events 2020

In light of Government guidelines, we have taken the decision to cancel our Spring events. We are very disappointed as we were very excited about delivering our programme to you, but the safety of our team, speakers and you the audience is paramount.

If you booked tickets at the TIC
Refunds will be processed over a period of time. You do not need to do anything. If information is needed from you, you will be contacted.
Please allow time for refunds to be created.

If you booked tickets online
Ticketsource, who handle our online bookings, will automatically refund your ticket to the card you paid with.

As you can imagine they will be very busy at the moment with other events and festivals, so please be patient. Your refund will be processed as soon as possible.

But hopefully some good news . . .
We are doing our best to reschedule the events for our September Festival when, all being well, we will be back to normality.

In the meantime, keep well, and we look forward to seeng you soon.

Best wishes

The Festival Team

Joanna Trollope OBE

‘Mum and Dad’

Monday, 20th April, 3.30pm. £15

Margaret MacMillan

‘The Uses and Abuses of History’

Professor Margaret MacMillan

Monday, 20th April, 6pm. £15

James Naughtie

‘On The Road’

James Naughtie

Friday, 1st May, 3.30pm. £15

Dame Hilary Mantel

‘The Mirror and The Light’

Dame Hilary Mantel

Friday, 1st May, 6pm. £15

Diary Date — This Year’s Festival
Wednesday 16th – Sunday 20th September 2020

We hope you enjoyed our 11th anniversary Festival – our biggest year yet with more events, and record ticket and book sales. Five days packed with best-selling authors, lively panel debate, workshops and more events for children than ever before!

The 2019 Festival programme included:
Dame Hilary Mantel, Robert Harris, Cressida Cowell, Jenny Eclair, James Runcie, Kirsty Wark, Dr David Nott, Joanne Harris, Peter Hanington, Christina Lamb, Adam Kay, Lisa Jewell, Emma Smith, Louis de Bernières, John Lewis-Stempel, Baroness Camilla Cavendish, Melanie Reid, Tom Holland, Susie Orbach, Tracy Borman, Diana Darke, Alison Weir, Paul Mason, Dominic Sandbrook, Diane Setterfield, Felicity Cloake, Tanya Landman, Simon James and many more…

We’ll have one-off events throughout 2020, so watch this space!

Thanks To Our Partners & Supporters

Whitton and Laing
The Tipsy Merchant,Budleigh Salterton
Starfish Accommodation
M&S Food Hall
Salcombe Gin
Howdens Joinery
The Arts Society, Budleigh Salterton
Earls Coffee House,Budleigh Salterton
Sidmouth College

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is a powerful blend of challenging debate, inspiring ideas, new fiction, and best-selling, award-winning writing combined with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it one of the most exciting and burgeoning literary festivals in the UK.

Take a peek at our film to capture a taste of this year’s Festival events and we look forward to seeing you again in September 2020!

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

‘I had a fantastic time. The festival was such a pleasure to be part of – brilliantly organised, wonderful audiences and good book sales to boot!’
Henry Hemming, author of Our Man in New York

‘Every tiny detail was thought about, and it was simply a pleasure.’
Caroline Elton, author of Also Human

‘I was frankly bowled over by how big and professional and smooth running it was. Fantastic!’
Tim Pears, author of The Horseman

‘Such a heavenly experience. Glorious setting, lovely audience, expert but kindly interviewer.’
Allison Pearson, author of How Hard Can It Be?

‘How right everyone is to say that it’s the best hospitality on the circuit. I had a great time, and felt so well looked-after in every way. Particularly impressed by your command of the weather!’
Emma Darwin, author of This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin