Welcome to the Mere Literary Festival website

Each year, in October, residents of the small town of Mere in Wiltshire, along with their friends, get together to put on a Literary festival to support the local Linkscheme charity.

The festival caters for a wide range of interests including events for children, and audiences are drawn from those living in this rural district and visitors to the town, among them those shortlisted or commended in the annual literary competition. The competition alternates yearly between a poetry competition and a time-limited short story writing competition.

Literary Festival 2017

Latest News

17 December 2017
POETRY COMPETITION WINNING POEMS The first three poems in the Open Section of the 2017 MLF Poetry Competition are now available to read on this website. Click here for the list of winners, and simply click on the name of the top three poems.

21 October 2017
2017 AWARDS CEREMONY PHOTOS Click here for a small selection of photos from the awards ceremony for the 2017 MLF Poetry Competition.

17 October 2017
POETRY COMPETITION RESULTS The prize winners of the 2017 MLF Poetry Competition were announced at the Festival Awards Ceremony on the last day of this year's festival - Sunday 15 October. Click here for the details of all prize winners. Top prize winning poems will be published on this website when available, and where author permission is given.

29 September 2017
FESTIVAL WEEK IS NIGH! The 21st Mere Literary Festival is fast approaching - it all starts on Monday 9th October. Have you got your event tickets yet (where required)? Click here for a reminder of the festival week schedule, and click here for more details about how to get tickets

22 July 2017
LAUNCH QUIZ RESULTS Thanks to everyone who attended the 2017 Literary Festival Launch Quiz last night, and congratulations to our winning team 'Mystified' from Shaftesbury. Click here for a full set of results for the quiz.

13 June 2017
LINK SCHEME USAGE FIGURES A selection of usage figures for the Mere and District Link Scheme for 2016 are now available on this website. Click here for details

04 June 2017
2017 POETRY COMP CLOSING DATE We hope that everyone's entries for this year's Poetry Competition are progressing nicely. This is just a quick reminder that the closing date for receipt of poems is now just three weeks away - Monday 26th June 2017. Good luck everyone! Click here for full details on how to enter, and the competition rules.

05 March 2017
2017 POETRY COMP OPEN FOR ENTRIES This year's Poetry Competition is now open for entries. The closing date for receipt of poems is 26th June 2017. We look forward to reading your efforts. Click here for full details on how to enter, and the competition rules.

21 February 2017
2017 POETRY COMP This year's writing competition will take the form of a Poetry Competition. Click here for more details

21 February 2017
2017 FESTIVAL DATES The organisation of the 2017 Mere Literary Festival is already underway. The festival dates have been confirmed as Monday 9th October to Sunday 15th October

16 October 2016
FESTIVAL 20th ANNIVERSARY AND BOOK The 20th anniversary of the Mere Literary Festival was celebrated at the final event of the 2016 festival week, the Award Ceremony. An illustrated history of MLF entitled 'Merely A Festival' was also launched at the event. The book was produced with the assistance of a grant aid awarded to the project by Wiltshire Southern Area Board and Mere Town Council, to whom we acknowledge our sincere thanks. Click here for a summary page on this website relating to the 20th Festival anniversary.