This year’s festival dates: 13 – 17 September 2017

The Armada – 12 Days To Save England

Friday, 12 May 2017
Tickets: £10 per person (£8 students)

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. His work takes him on adventures all over the world.

Dr Sam Willis, award-winning historian, archaeologist, broadcaster

Dr Sam Willis will recount the dramatic story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in summer 1588.

In the 16th century, Spain dominated European politics and trade. At first Elizabeth’s moderate religious policy ensured England did not pose a threat. However, the excommunication of Elizabeth, the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, English support for rebels in the Spanish Netherlands and participation in Atlantic trade, infuriated Spain. Philip felt that England should be forced to take a subservient position in European politics. The events that followed have become an intrinsic part of both Spanish and English history.

Sam’s talk will illuminate the battles, logistics and military resources of each fleet, the Armada and the English Navy, and will reveal “the real story of the Spanish Armada”.

The 2017 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Young Writer Bursaries

Young Writer Alert!

For the third year, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is delighted to be able to offer two aspiring young writers the chance to take a major step in their literary careers.

For 2017 we have two places secured on the prestigious and potentially life changing Starting To Write residential course offered by the internationally renowned Arvon Foundation at their Totleigh Barton centre in North Devon. Each place is worth £760. The course runs from August 14th-19th, 2017.

The Arvon Foundation is a national arts-based charity which aims to encourage creative writing.

The 2017 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Young Writer Bursaries

Literary Festival Writing Bursary

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2016

  • A.C. Grayling
    A.C. Grayling
  • Alexandra Harris
    Alexandra Harris
  • Prof Andy Brown
    Andy Brown
  • Artemis Cooper
    Artemis Cooper
  • Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2016 Brochure
    Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2016
  • Deborah Moggach
    Deborah Moggach
  • Helen Dunmore
    Helen Dunmore
  • Helen Pearson
    Helen Pearson
  • Helen Rappaport
    Helen Rappaport
  • Hilary Mantel, Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
    Hilary Mantel
  • Jackie Kay
    Jackie Kay
  • Jenny Balfour Paul
    Jenny Balfour Paul
  • Juliet Nicolson
    Juliet Nicolson
  • Luke Harding
    Luke Harding
  • What We Cannot Know, Marcus Du Sautoy, Literary Festival
    Marcus du Sautoy
  • Mark Haddon
    Mark Haddon
  • Mike Brearley
    Mike Brearley
  • Harry Parker
    New Voices: Harry Parker & Peter Hanington
  • Peter Snowdon, Cameron at 10, Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
    Peter Snowdon
  • Shami Chakrabarti
    Shami Chakrabarti
  • Simon Garfield
    Simon Garfield
  • Tahmima Anam
    Tahmima Anam
  • Tom Bower
    Tom Bower
  • Virginia Baily
    Virginia Baily

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 Literary 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.