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 2016

Latest News

26 October 2016
2016 WRITE IN THE WEEK COMPETITION : WINNING STORIES – The winning stories of this year's writing competition are now available to read on this site. Click here, and simply click on each winning title.

19 October 2016
2016 WRITE IN THE WEEK COMPETITION : RESULTS – The results of this year's writing competition were announced at the Festival Awards and Celebration Ceremony on Sunday just gone. To view the winners Click here. The actual winning stories will be added to this website in the near future (where author permision is given). Once again thanks for everyones support of the writing competition, and this year's festival in general.

9 October 2016
FESTIVAL START – Well, the waiting is over - festival starts tomorrow. We hope you will be able to support us by attending one or more of the great talks and events we have lined up this year. For a reminder of the programme schedule, click here

26 September 2016
2016 WRITE IN THE WEEK COMPETITION : CLOSED – This year's writing competition is now closed for entries. Many thanks to everyone who has entered. The results of the competition will be announced at the Festival Awards and Celebration Ceremony on Sunday 16th October 2016.

19 September 2016
MERELY A FESTIVAL – The Story of Mere Literary Festival. A book to mark the festival’s 20th anniversary is about to go to press and will be launched at the Award Ceremony on Sunday October 16th. At over 150 pages, with many photographs and comments, it’s good value at the rrp of £7.99 but will sell on launch day for a special festival price of £7 – all proceeds going to support the Link.

7 August 2016
2016 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE. The 2016 Festival Schedule is now available for viewing on this website. Click here for the website programme listing, and click here for a printable flyer of the Festival schedule. The official festival printed programme will be available from September.

23rd July 2016
QUIZ RESULTS. Thanks to everyone that attended the Festival Launch Quiz last night, helping to raise more funds for the Link Scheme. The quiz competition was very close, with 'Guestimates' from Shaftesbury the ultimate winners. For the full results from the quiz click here.

7th April 2016
2015 FINAL FIGURES. Over the past few months the financial figures for the 2015 Literary Festival were finalised. We are pleased to confirm that approximately £2500 was raised for the Mere and District Linkscheme charity. Thank you once again for all of your support during the 2015 festival, and for your entries for the writing competition. We hope you will be able to participate once again in the 2016 event.