The annual Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival has announced a short programme of headline events this spring featuring bestselling writers and experts in their field.

The programme includes Festival President and twice Booker Prize winner Dame Hilary Mantel talking about the hugely anticipated finale to her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light

On Friday, 1st May she’ll be in conversation with the veteran BBC broadcaster James Naughtie who, earlier in the day, will share his experiences of many years reporting on life and politics in the USA, outlined in his latest book On the Road.

On Monday, 20th April, the Sunday Times bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope will be talking about her latest book, Mum & Dad, a poignant story of a family’s behaviour in a crisis.

Later that day, the world-renowned historian and 2018 Reith Lecturer, Professor Margaret MacMillan, will be looking at how history and our study of it should be treated with care. Professor MacMillan’s previous books have included Peacemakers which won the Samuel Johnson Prize.

All events will take place in St Peter’s Church in Budleigh Salterton and tickets to each event are £15.

“We are so excited to be programming writers of this calibre in Budleigh,” says the Festival’s Artistic Director, Annie Ashworth. “These events are to raise money towards our education outreach work, and I’m sure they will be very popular with our audiences.”

Tickets are on sale now, available to purchase online at, at the Budleigh Salterton Information Centre on Fore Street, or by phoning the Box Office on 01395 445275.

To read full details of events, including times and prices, visit

Photo credits

Hilary Mantel – Els Zweerink

Margaret Macmillan – Rob Judges