Welcome to the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

2022 Festival Dates: Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th September

COVID19: It is our absolute priority to look after the safety and welfare of our team and our audiences. Read our COVID policy here.

“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

"What a friendly, well-run and enjoyable festival - I enjoyed my visit enormously! It really is an impressive and well-oiled machine. Doubly impressive given the Covid backdrop."
Tristan Gooley, The Natural Navigator

Highlights from the 2021 Festival

It was brilliant to be back live and in person in 2021 with packed audiences and everyone enjoying the sunshine, the stories and the pleasure of sharing a love of books together again.

"Thank you for a simply superb Festival. Looking forward to 2022!"

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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