The festival is organised and marketed by Brendon Books, Taunton’s independent bookseller, making it a unique event with an eye on overlooked corners of the publishing market, as well as the big names and bestsellers. The organisers believe that independent bookshops have an important role to play in the local community, which is why Taunton Literary Festival was born, in 2010.
To fully support the festival’s place in the heart of Taunton’s community, Brendon Books has become a Community Interest Company. All profits from Brendon Books go towards projects, such as Taunton Literary Festival, which has grown to become a highlight on Somerset’s cultural calendar. Taunton Literary Festival brings writers from around the world to Taunton to share stories and engage the community in the world of literature. Readers can meet their favourite authors or explore new subjects and ideas through workshops, readings and question and answer sessions at the end of each event.
Celebrating new and established writers, Taunton Literary Festival invites you into the worlds of history, poetry, science, nature, philosophy,fiction and politics. Each year, the festival grows to include more exciting and inspiring events, attracting writers, comedians, politicians and artists, who want to meet you and share their passions.
Where? Brendon books, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER and other venues within Taunton
Facebook? Brendon Books
Festival Director? Lionel Ward tel: 01823 337742
Past Festivals? Born 2010
Previous festivals have included comedian, David Mitchell, bestselling fiction author Rachel Joyce, explorer, Ranulph Fiennes, historian and historical programme presenter Joann Fletcher and politician and author of a betselling autobiography triology Alan Johnson, Adam Kay, Jenni Murray, Paddy Ashdown, Peggy Seeger, Michele Mendelssohn, Saul David, C J Skuse, Clare Donoghue, Graham Fawcett, Peter Snow, Ann MacMillan , Emily Maguire, Isabel Losada, Chris Naunton, Dan Cruickshank, Victoria Glendinning, Paula Byrne, Stephen Moss, Sophie Hannah, Marcus Chown, Salley Vickers, Grahame Lloyd, Adam Hart-Davis, Tim Dee, Abigail Willis, Gary Cox, Duncan Barrett, Christian Wolmar, Paul Taylor, Nigel Smith…