About Taunton Literary Festival
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.
We 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, 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.
Previous features at The Taunton Literary Festival
Previous festivals have included comedian, David Mitchell, explorer, Ranulph Fiennes, politician and political biographer, Douglas Hurd, bestselling fiction author Rachel Joyce and biographer critic and novelist, Victoria Glendinning.