Festival for Young People

Festival Family Book Trail for Heath Week - 25th July to 1st August

Join us during Heath Week, look out for some well-known book characters on this self-led trail and enjoy the beauty and wildlife of Woodbury Common!

The Book Trail walk is approximately 3km in length along tracks and paths. It's suitable for all ages, but we recommend you wear sturdy shoes. Some of the surfaces are rough and uneven so not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

If you encounter any damaged boxes or missing stamps, please send us a message by DM on Instagram @bud_lit_kids_fest or email us here.
Please note: all participants take part at their own risk, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival takes no responsibility for any injury or loss however caused.

Enjoyed the trail? Tell your friends! We’d love to see your photos of the walk, so please tag and follow us on Instagram @bud_lit_kids_fest where you will also find more details about Festival week events and the Children's Marquee in September.

Download the trail guide here!

Brilliant line-up for young people at this year's Festival!

Multi-million bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson and Beetle Boy creator MG Leonard headline this year's events for young people with fun and activities for all ages.

See the full programme here

Our Outreach Work

An important part of the Festival’s work as a charity is taking authors and illustrators to schools, free of charge, to talk to children and young people of all ages about their work and inspire children to read and enjoy books.

In 2019 we worked with more authors than ever, including former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, and during 2020 we offered a programme of online events free for schools and families to watch from home during Covid restrictions. Authors featured included: Martin Brown, Emma Carroll, Juno Dawson, Devon Glover Sonnet Man, Emily Gravett, Matt Oldfield, Onjali Q Raúf and Alex Wheatle OBE.

Young people have lost so much of their education because of the pandemic and it has never been more important to help them bridge that literacy gap by introducing them to real live authors! We were unable to go into school this summer because of Covid restrictions, but fingers crossed we will be back in schools this September. Authors include: Kehinde Andrews, Taz Ilyas, Clare Helen Welsh, Caroline Lawrence and Jonny Benjamin

Our sincere thanks go to the Norman Family Charitable Trust who recognise how important this work is and enable us to continue this important outreach work.

If you felt able to support our work, then please make a donation here.

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Spring Weekend 2021 announced


Michael Rosen Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2018

Michael Rosen

Exmouth Community CollegeChildren’s writing icon Michael Rosen is pictured here with a specially prepared treat to celebrate his marvellous poem Chocolate Cake.

Catherine Johnson Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Catherine Johnson

Honiton, Crediton, Colyton and ExmouthIn her novels Sawbones and Blade and Bone, this acclaimed writer took readers into a world of medical intrigue and body snatching set against the backdrop of the French…

Childrens Literary Quiz Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2018

Childrens Literary Quiz

Exmouth Community CollegeNow in its third year! Teams of young readers from local primary schools battled through heats to win a place in the final of this tough-but-fun competition.

Layland Perree

Leyland Perree

Friday 15 September 2017St Peter’s C of E Primary SchoolAuthor of the firm favourite Which Witch is Which? and the glorious Magic Custard Factory, author Leyland Perree will be working…

Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh

Primary School Transition VisitsWednesday 13 September 2017 Sidmouth College and Exmouth Community College.

Lit Quiz Winners

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Children’s Quiz

14 June 2017QUICK thinking young readers from seven local primary schools helped launch the first event of the 2017 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.

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Tim Bowler

Secondary School Visits Monday 26 to Thursday 29 June 2017Exmouth, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Colyton, St Peter’s Exeter, Maynard, Crediton and Honiton.

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Education Outreach 2016

Youngsters learn first-hand the art of award-winning writing14 July 2016More than 1,000 young people at schools across Exeter, East and Mid Devon have learned first-hand about award-winning writing from writer…

Chloe Murrell Post 16 receiving her award from Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing

Education Outreach 2015

YOUNG WRITER ALERT!18 June 2015The second Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Young Writers’ Bursaries.

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