Roll up, roll up – tickets are on sale for this year’s literary festival!

It’s that time of year again folks – Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival is open for business with our best line-up ever.


Tickets are on sale for talks by former war correspondent Kate Adie, SAS veteran Andy McNab, historians Gary Sheffield and Saul David, plus environmental experts Roger Harrabin, Ben Law, Polly Higgins and Maddy Harland.

And this year’s gathering conveniently runs during half term week, from October 25 to November 2, with such an eclectic array of events, there’s no need for anyone to say: “I’m bored.

For the children, there’s WW1 VAD nurse “Nora” taking us on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through the facts and stories of the Great War, while Sir Charlie Stinky Socks author Kristina Stephenson will be inviting youngsters to share a musical storytelling adventure. Genie in Training author Ciaran Murtagh will be providing plenty of laughs, jokes and japes while he shows us how to find a good idea and ensure you’re never stuck for a story again.


And for those of us who’ve harboured a burning ambition to be the next J.K.Rowling, there’s plenty of help on hand to turn that dream into reality. Renowned authors Matthew Hall and William Ryan are running a crime-writing master class at The Beacon, on Saturday, November 1 – but book early as tickets are selling fast.

This year’s Big Book Supper, at the Vale and Downland Museum on Monday, October 27 contrasts the canals of Venice with the underworld of 18th century London through a double-headed talk by two very different authors. But do let us know if you’re coming – the deadline for picking your supper is October 20.

Think you know your Shiraz from your Chablis? Wine-lovers Neel Burton and James Flewellen are happy to put you to the test with a blind-tasting at the Vale and Downland Museum on October 28 to help distinguish which type of wine we are enjoying.

And if this is not enough, there’s our kick off murder mystery dinner at The Bear Hotel on Saturday, October 25. Dress to impress for Lord Goodbottom’s annualbirthday bash, where one of the diners will not be making it to dessert. Again, tickets are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

This is a mere taster of our line-up – for more details and to buy tickets, please checkout our website: www.wantagebetjeman.com or purchase in person at the Vale and Downland Museum in Church Street, Wantage.

Tell your friends – let’s make this year’s festival go with a bang!