Welcome to the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

We're back Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th September

“Under the aegis of its patron, Dame Hilary Mantel, the festival has swiftly become one of the most unmissable events of the British literary calendar”
Luxe Magazine, Daily Telegraph 2020

Festival September 2021

We're busy planning our September Festival and fingers crossed we'll be able to be live, with the Festival Marquee in pride of place on the Green, and everything looking a nearer normal. We'll be announcing the programme in July so sign up for alerts so you don't miss our news.

Highlights from the 2020 Festival

We rose to the challenges everyone faced in 2020 by staging two live and socially distanced events, and the rest of the Festival was online, drawing in an audience from all over the world to enjoy some of the biggest names publishing last Autumn

"Excellent programme, much enjoyed so far…still a few to watch before the end of the month! Well done to all involved, and looking forward to a more natural event next year. Good luck."

The leading literary festival in the South West

The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, set up in 2008, is now one of the leading cultural events in Devon and the South West. Set on the stunning Jurassic Coast, we run five days of events in September featuring some of the most exciting writers, thinkers, experts and opinion-formers, as well as lively panel events, workshops for writers and crafters, and lots of events for families to enjoy. 

We also run a series of one-off events in spring, with a weekend of speakers in March 2021, and we've embraced the opportunities that online events bring featuring authors who wouldn't normally be able to be with us in person.

Our activities also include taking authors and illustrators into schools throughout the area to inspire children to read and enjoy books.

With its beautiful seaside setting, authors flock to the Festival and over the years we have welcomed some of the most admired writers in the UK. Our programme offers a wide range of topics and genres, and after each event audiences meet in our Festival marquee on the Green to talk about what they've heard and share ideas over a cup of coffee and a freshly prepared lunch, before browsing the Festival Bookshop.

We look forward to welcoming you to East Devon and to sharing our very special festival with you.

How your donation will help

The Festival is a charity and your support will help us take authors and illustrators into schools to inspire children to read, with all the literacy and well being benefits that brings to their lives.

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