The festival welcomed a diverse and exciting range of writers including comediennes Jo Brand and Ruby Wax, historians Lucy Worsely, Helen Castor and Sam Willis to children’s writers Tom Fletcher, Floella Benjamin and CBeebie’s Ben Faulks.
Other highlights from the festival included suffragette descendent Helen Pankhurst, Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood and adventurers Simon Reeve and Benedict Allen.
The festival welcomed American Best Selling author Michael Connelly, who has sold over 60 million books, cricketing commentator Jonathan Agnew, Master Chef judge Gregg Wallace and Gogglebox stars Giles and Mary. James and Bob the cat delighted audiences as did broadcasting legend Sir Michael Parkinson and politician Alan Johnson.
With 57 events taking place at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil Library, The Manor Hotel and Brimsmore Garden Centre it has been the busiest festival to date.
Festival Director, Adam Burgan, said “The 2018 Yeovil Literary Festival has been our most successful ever and we have been delighted by the response from audiences and our speakers. We received fantastic support from the town and our sponsors and the excitement about the festival was palpable with people already asking about the 2019 festival. The Literary Festival has definitely established itself as one of the highlights of the year for Yeovil and goes from strength to strength, attracting visitors from an ever greater reach. My fellow directors and I are already turning our thoughts to 2019 and we will continue with the extra dates of our five day festival.”
Yeovil Literary Festival is a partnership between The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones, Yeovil Community Arts Association and Yeovil Library.
The 2019 festival will take place Thursday 31st October to 4th November.
Above: Ben Faulks
Above: Craig Revel Horwood
Above: Floella Benjamin
Above: Gregg Wallace
Above: Lucy Worsley