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.
Hon. Life Festival Friends:Roger Bass and Elizabeth Everett-Wright
Chairman & Head of Sponsorship:Malcolm Elliott
Artistic Director:Annie Ashworth
Festival Committee:Carol Ackroyd, Ruth Jones, Bonnie Blackwell, Sue Briggs, Hilary Shiels, David Cornes, Rosemarie Davis (Deputy Chair), Jackie Collins, David Marston, Jennie Milverton, Jane Burton, Jennie Stogdon, Gareth Thomas
Education Team:David Marston, Jennie Milverton, Penny Mear, Louise Burrows, Caroline Walshaw, Janet Farley, John Rust-Andrews
Festival Friends:Hilary Shiels
Hospitality Team:Sue Briggs, Jane Burton, Jackie Collins
Programme Design:Bonnie Blackwell
Production:Jennie Stogdon, Pro Sound (Sound & Light)
Associates & Advisers:Gerald McEwan
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:Martin Briggs, Steve Hagger, Roger Hennah, Martin Smith

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