Yeovil Library and the Yeovil Literary Festival 2021

Tickets for the 2021 Yeovil Literary Festival are now on sale, with a star-studded line up of writers, celebrities and comedians.

Yeovil Library, working in partnership with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association is set to be part of the ninth annual Yeovil Literary Festival.

The 2021 festival runs from Thursday 28 October to Wednesday 3 November, with over 50 events taking place across multiple venues, that will inspire and leave you wanting to hear more.

This year’s line-up boasts some exceptional names, including royalty joining us in the form of Sarah, Duchess of York discussing her first novel for adults. We also welcome comedy-royalty, with Michael McIntyre taking to the stage at a post-festival event to talk about the highs and lows of his rise to the top and desperate attempts to stay there.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member with responsibilities for libraries said: “This year’s Yeovil Literary Festival will build on the success of the previous years – with some great authors lined up.  The last 18 months has been a difficult time for everyone, missing live performances, so we hope the festival offers a slice of normality, with a huge variety of events. We look forward to welcoming you at Yeovil Library.”

Yeovil Library continues its crime theme with the following brilliant author events held at the Library during the festival:

Friday 29 October, 12noon – Clare Mackintosh

Sunday Times bestselling author and international sensation, Clare Mackintosh, will be talking about her new novel Hostage, a show-stopping take on the classic locked-room thriller.

Friday 29 October, 2pm – Charles Cumming 

Shortly after university, Charles Cummingwas approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), an experience that inspired his first novel, A Spy by Nature. His new book, Judas 62, is the second book in his gripping new thriller series surrounding BOX 88 – a covert intelligence organisation.

Friday 29 October, 4pm – Elly Griffiths

The Midnight Hour is the latest in Elly’s Brighton-based mystery series set in the 1950s and 1960s which is partly inspired by her grandfather’s life on the stage as well as the war magician Jasper Maskelyne, who claimed to have spent the war creating large scale illusions to misdirect the enemy.

Saturday 30 October, 12noon – Joseph Knox

True Crime Story charts a breathless and bewildering eight-year investigation into the seemingly unexplainable disappearance of Zoe Nolan, examining the complicity of her friends and family, as well as that of its failing author, who’s

just clamouring to know more.

Saturday 30 October, 2pm – Laurence Anholt

The Festival of Death is best-selling author Laurence Anholt’sfollow up to the hugely successful Art of Death (set in Yeovil and Lyme Regis) and has an equally suspenseful storyline.

For further information on the full Yeovil Literary Festival 2021 programme and to book tickets, please visit:  or telephone The Octagon Theatre Box Office 01935 422884.