Take a look at this year’s incredible Festival lineup of inspiring public talks and workshops. Get yourself a ticket – Box Office now open!

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2016

Thursday 15 September 2016

Helen Rappaport

Helen Rappaport

In conversation with broadcaster Erica Wagner

Caught In The Revolution – Petrograd 1917

10am | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy

What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge

12pm | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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Hilary Mantel, Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Hilary Mantel

Chaired by Helen Taylor

In A Right State

2pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
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Tom Bower

Tom Bower

In conversation with Rachel Cooke

Broken Vows: Tony Blair & The Tragedy of Power

4pm | The Temple Church | Tickets £9
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Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach

In conversation with Carol Ackroyd

Something To Hide

7.30pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
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Friday 16 September 2016

Virginia Baily

Virginia Baily

In conversation with Helen Taylor

Early One Morning

10am | The Temple Church | Tickets £9
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Jenny Balfour Paul

Jenny Balfour Paul

In conversation with Carol Ackroyd

Deeper Than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell, Forgotten Explorer

10am | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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Alexandra Harris

Alexandra Harris

In conversation with Rachel Cooke

Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies

12pm | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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Virginia Baily

Virginia Baily

WORKSHOP: Prose Fiction – Keeping It Real

1pm-3pm | The Playhouse | Tickets £20
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Juliet Nicolson

Juliet Nicolson

In conversation with Carol Ackroyd

A House Full of Daughters

2.15pm | Temple Church | Tickets £9
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Mike Brearley

Mike Brearley

In conversation with Hilary Mantel, a long-time cricket fan and president of the Author’s XI.

The Art of Captaincy

2.15pm | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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Peter Snowdon, Cameron at 10, Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Peter Snowdon

In conversation with Erica Wagner

Cameron at 10: The Inside Story

4.30pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
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Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay

In conversation with Rachel Cooke

An Evening with Jackie Kay

7.30pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
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Saturday 17 September 2016

Prof Andy Brown

Andy Brown

Poetry Workshop with Andy Brown

10.00am | The Playhouse | Tickets £20
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Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield

A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt

10.00am | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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New Voices: Harry Parker & Peter Hanington

In conversation with Erica Wagner

Anatomy of a Soldier & A Dying Breed

10.00am | Temple Church | Tickets £9
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Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam

In conversation with Carol Ackroyd

The Bones of Grace

12pm | Temple Church | Tickets £9
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Luke Harding

Luke Harding

A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West

12pm | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti

In conversation with Rachel Holmes

On Liberty

2.15pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
Read more about Shami Chakrabarti >

Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale

In conversation with Erica Wagner

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

4.30pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
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Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon

In conversation with Rachel Cooke

The Pier Falls

7.30pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
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Sunday 18 September 2016

Helen Pearson

Helen Pearson

The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives

10am | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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AC Grayling

A.C. Grayling

Progress In Troubled Times: Learning From ‘The Age of Innocence’

12pm | Public Hall | Tickets £9
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Artemis Cooper

Artemis Cooper

In conversation with Hilary Mantel

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

2.15pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
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Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore

In conversation with Erica Wagner

Exposure

4.30pm | St Peter’s Church | Tickets £12
Read more about Helen Dunsmore >

This year is our 8th Anniversary and we proudly present a stellar line-up of 25 writers and thinkers converging on Budleigh Salterton – our iconic coastal town that every September hosts a popular literary festival.

The Festival Programme continues to explore the importance and power of literature and debate in shaping our lives.

Renowned for its sense of community and treasured by those who attend, the power of Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival lies in the evocative expression of real and imagined stories that strike chords and captivate because they are authentic, and told by exceptional thinkers, writers and communicators.

Take a look at this year’s incredible Festival lineup of inspiring public talks and workshops.

Get yourself a ticket when the Box Office opens on Monday 25 July 2016.

Literary Festival Highlights from 2015

Click the picture above to view our short film featuring highlights from the 2015 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival – including contributions from Patrick Gale, Dame Hilary Mantel, Ben Okri, Dame Margaret Drabble, Judith Kerr, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Kaffe Fassett, Helen Lederer & others.