Literary Festival

There Will Be Dragons! Jeopardy! and Medieval West Country Murder!

As promised, this year’s Chudleigh Literary Festival, due to be held on Wednesday 10th July, is going to be bigger, better and a day you will not want to miss!  Read on for details of the programme and information on where to get your tickets.

Morning Session: Historical Writing

ToddWielding his Devonshire pen to start the day in traditional fashion with a CWC workshop, Dr Todd Gray FRHistS, MBE, Historian of the County of Devon, will be digging among the archives of a writer’s imagination in a fascinating session, full of historical insights, imagery and topical ideas.  Anyone who was at last year’s festival will remember how the popularity of the evening session where Todd was interviewed by CWC Vice-Chair, Sharon Cook. Now he returns to take us through the intricacies of writing historical fiction and non-fiction.

Doors will open for refreshments at 9.30am and the workshop will run from 10am to 12 noon. It will be free for CWC members. Visiting writers are most welcome; tickets £5.


Lunch will be in the marquee. Advance booking is essential; tickets £5.

Afternoon Session: Networking and Dragons

Once again, we are throwing open the Marquee and inviting writers from across the South West to come to a free networking afternoon. This will be a chance to swap notes and offer or receive support and advice over tea and biscuits, with a wide range of colleagues and industry professionals from across the region.  There will also be an opportunity to set up your own book stalls if you wish.

DragonAnd, back by popular demand, we will once again be running Face The Chudleigh Dragons! A superb chance for novelists to pitch their work to three delightful Literary Dragons in a safe and supportive atmosphere; with the chance of winning a manuscript assessment from those lovely folks at Creative Writing Matters, the brains behind the Exeter Novel Prize. Who will be the winner 2019?

Our team of fire-breathers is now complete and the competition is OPEN. You can download entry details by clicking here.

The networking event will run from 2pm to 5pm and is completely free of charge.

Literary Supper

Supper will be in the marquee; advance booking is essential. There will be a licensed pay bar. This part of the day provides a bridge between the daytime events, which are focussed on writers, and the evening session, which is for all lovers of words. The supper is a chance for readers to meet and chat with some of the writers who make up the rich literary scene in the South West.

Supper will run from 5pm to 7pm; tickets £9.

Evening Session: Jeopardy and Medieval Murder!

Drum roll please! This year we have two amazing speakers joining us for the evening: Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones aka The Black Farmer, and Michael Jecks.

we-jWilfred is the founder of The Black Farmer range of food and drinks; he was responsible for bringing some of the best-known chefs in the country on to TV for the first time, and is full of motivation, passion, determination and inspiration. He will be talking about his new book Jeopardy, The Danger of Playing it Safe on the Path to Success.

MJMichael Jecks is a highly prolific historical novelist, and is best known for his Templar Series of medieval west country murder mysteries featuring Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock. This series is the longest -running crime series by any living author. Michael will be talking about how he researches his books, and talking about his latest novel The Sticklepath Strangler.

The session will run from 7pm to 10pm; tickets £8 (free of charge to CWC members)


Tickets for the morning session, lunch, supper, and the evening session can be ordered via this website. Click here to download the booking form and payment methods. Tickets for the supper and the evening session will also be available from the Chudfest Box Office when it opens later in June.

The Festival Venue

The venue is the Chudfest Marquee in Chudleigh Play Park, 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.

Acknowledging the support of Where Can We Go: Britain’s What’s On Event Guide

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  8. Tricia Kyne

    Congratulations on an excellent programme.

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