In July 2018, we held the Chudleigh Literary Festival for the eighth time and it was a great success. Our guest speakers were Kate Adie and Todd Gray; and we had our largest crowd ever, with more than 140 people in the marquee – despite the fact that England was playing Croatia in the Semi-Final of the Football World Cup at the same time. And during the day, we started with a fantastic workshop led by Jenny Kane; followed by lunch in the marquee with an open mic session. In the afternoon we threw the venue open for a south-west writers networking event, including the first ever ‘Face The Chudleigh Dragons’ where a group of aspiring authors pitched their latest novels to a panel of industry experts.
But that was last year…
We are now busily preparing for the 2019 event, which will take place on Wednesday 10th July. Details of the programme will be posted on here as soon as they are available. So do bookmark this page and keep an eye out for updates. Better still, drop us an email and we will put you on our mailing list so you never need to miss a thing.
The Festival Venue
The venue is the Chudfest Marquee in Chudleigh Playpark, behind the Parish Church on Fore Street (B3344), Chudleigh, TQ13 0HZ. If you come on the A38 (north) towards Exeter, take the exit for Chudleigh (NOT the previous one for Chudleigh Knighton) and drive up the hill and into town; the church is on the RHS after the second chicane. If you are coming on the A38 (south) towards Plymouth, take the exit for Chudleigh by the garage at the bottom of Haldon Hill, and the church is on the LHS after the War Memorial and the shops.
There is a tiny car park at the church, but that is mainly for speakers and is likely to fill up quickly. The main car park in town is on Market Way, opposite the Town Hall and next to the Co-op. The entrance to Market Way is at the War Memorial. The car park is chargeable between 9am and 6pm, but free outside of those times.