Festival Team

Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on East Devon’s Jurassic Coast, Budleigh Salterton hosts South West England’s most outstanding literary festival. Our mission is to celebrate great writing with as wide an audience as possible.

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival was founded in 2008 by the late Susan Ward. Susan’s aim was to attract critically acclaimed authors, poets and playwrights to come to Budleigh and share their work. The Festival continues to flourish and expand year upon year whilst retaining its warm and intimate atmosphere, consistently attracting leading contemporary fiction authors, poets, travel writers, sports journalists, scientists, food writers, historians, economists and current affairs commentators.

The success of the festival is reinforced by the continued support of its Honorary President, double Man Booker Prize winner Dame Hilary Mantel DBE.

As a registered charity, the Festival also has a commitment to support the work of new and emerging writers. We aim to foster and develop a love of words, stories, reading and writing. We also hope to inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to expand their horizons and explore new ideas.

Festival Team

Hon. President:Dame Hilary Mantel, DBE
Hon. Vice-President:Christopher Briscoe, Esq.
Artistic Director:Annie Ashworth
Chairman & Head of Sponsorship:Malcolm Elliott
Festival Committee:Carol Ackroyd, Roger Bass, Bonnie Blackwell, Sue Briggs, Janice Chaldecott, David Cornes, Rosemarie Davis, Lizzie Everett-Wright, David Marston, Jennie Milverton, Sally Richards, Jennie Stogdon
Education Team:Malcolm Elliott, David Marston, Jennie Milverton, Penny Mear, Louise Burrows, Caroline Walshaw
Festival Friends:Hilary Shiels
Hospitality Team:Sue Briggs, Jane Burton, Lizzie Everett-Wright
Programme Design:Bonnie Blackwell
Production:Jennie Stogdon, Pro Sound (Sound & Light)
Associates & Advisers:Louise Burrows, Jane Burton, Steve Clewley, Jackie Collins, Janet Farley, Steve Hagger, Gerald McEwen, Penny Mear, George Norman, Hilary Shiels, Martin Smith , Caroline Walshaw
Press & Media:Annette Richman & Arianne Williams, KOR Communications
Website & Social Media:Oliver Stone, Creative Engine Room
Festival Film:Andrew Johnstone, Wild Dog Limited
Festival Photographer:Mike Rice
Festival Artist:Jed Falby
Festival Venue Managers:Steve Hagger, Martin Smith

The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is a registered charity (1127885) and a company limited by guarantee (6758203)