Literary Festival

For the eighth year running, CWC is running  the Chudleigh Literary Festival as part of the town’s Summer Spectacular and we’re very excited about this year’s programme. 

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Wednesday 11th July

As has become traditional, the daytime is aimed at writers, while the evening is for all lovers of words, both readers and writers.

CWC Workshop, 9.30am to 12 noon

Writing short stories, led by Jenny Kane. Free to members. Visiting writers welcome (£5) but places limited to 20 in total. Please check before booking this session. (

Lunch in the Marquee plus Open Mic, 12 noon to 2pm

Catering by Sangers of Chudleigh

South West Writers Networking, 2pm to 5pm

An opportunity for writers from across the South West to get together over tea and cake; swapping notes, offering advice and sharing experiences. Free event with the opportunity for exhibiting your books and/or services. This year, we have two exciting new features.

Face The Chudleigh Dragons: Eight writers will be pitching their current work in progress to a panel of experts in front of an audience of their peers. The winner will receive a free novel assessment, sponsored by Creative Writing Matters.

Our panelists will be award winning novelist and co-founder of The Exeter Novel Prize, Sophie Duffy; writer and publisher, Tarja Moles; and founder of the Devon Book Club, Ian Hobbs.

Just A Minute…Or Two: A great opportunity to practice that elevator speech. See how much information you can pack into just 120 seconds and impress your fellow writers.

‘Meet the Authors’ supper, 5pm

The part of the day where all lovers of words get together. An opportunity for readers to meet some of the West Country’s rich community of authors over a buffet supper, from Sangers of Chudleigh and the Chudfest licensed bar.

Guest Speakers, 7pm

This year sees two important centenaries: the World War I armistice and the Representation of the People Act, the first step towards giving the women of UK the right to vote. Our two speakers reflect our theme of 1918…2018. Tickets for this part of the programme are £8.

Dr Todd Gray is an historian of Devon, based at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Lest Devon Forgets – Sacrifice and the Creation of Great War Memorials. In conversation with CWC Vice-Chair, Sharon Cook, he will talk about what attracts an American academic to the history of our county.

Kate Adie is an author and broadcaster, well known for her long service as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent. She presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of several bestselling books including Fighting on the Home Front: the legacy of women in World War I.



Directions to the 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.


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  8. Tricia Kyne

    Congratulations on an excellent programme.

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