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Yeovil Literary Festival 2021

Hey! Famous people are coming to Yeovil in this year's star-studded Festival line up – including a member of the royal family and an American icon

Culture vultures and celebrity seekers! Over 50 authors, comedians and celebs will be landing in Yeovil from Thurs 28 October to Wed 3 November, as part of this year’s Yeovil Lit Fest – and the line up is stellar. I mean, take a look at these six for starters…


Photo: Christopher Turner

The author of the iconic Tales of the City series (first a column in the San Francisco Chronicle, then best-selling books, then super successful TV and radio shows), shares his own favourite tales from the last 40 years with the Octagon’s Adam Burgan.

Armistead Maupin is at The Octagon on Mon 1 Nov. Tickets £20. Buy tickets.


Guardian restaurant critic, Masterchef judge, writer and presenter of Radio 4’s Untold, HIGNFY panelist (and much more) Grace Dent has somehow found the time to write a book telling the story of her life through food. Resonant (especially if you grew up in the 80s), honest, funny, poignant.

Grace Dent is at The Octagon on Sat 30 Oct. Tickets £12. Buy tickets


The award-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin (and many other novels) discusses her latest book Should We Stay or Should We Go. Portraying 12 parallel universes with different futures for the main protagonists Kay and Cyril, the book’s said to be hilarious as well as touching, despite both Brexit and Covid making appearances.

Lionel Shriver is at Westlands on Sun 31 Oct. Tickets £8. Buy tickets.


Inspirational TV presenter, charity campaigner and all round amazing woman talks to Viv Groskop about how hardship and heartbreak can become fuel for your fight (and she should know). Handily, her new book A Little Bit of Faith (included with each ticket) contains 365 bite-sized affirmations for the rest of us to take away and use.

Katie Piper is at The Octagon on Thurs 28 Oct. Tickets are £15 and include a copy of the book. Buy tickets.


Photo: Faye Thomas Photography

One for the kids. Actor (Johnny English, Paddington 2), director and comedian (The Armstrong and Miller Show) and best-selling children’s author Ben Miller talks about his latest book, Diary of a Christmas Elf, a heartwarming tale about the true meaning of gift giving. Awwwwh.

Ben Miller is at Westlands on Mon 1 Nov. Tickets £5. Buy tickets.


The Duchess and her co-author – the multi-million selling historical romance author Marguerite Kaye – chat about their high society romp Her Heart is a Compass with Lulu Taylor. The Mills & Boon based on the life of Fergie’s great-great aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglass-Scott, draws upon her own life history, too, apparently. Questions at the ready then?

Sarah Ferguson’s at The Octagon on Tues 2 Nov. Tickets are £15 and include a copy of the book. Buy tickets.

Also on the bill: Miriam Margolyes, Mariella Frostrup, the Rev Richard Coles, David Baddiel, Isy Suttie, Owen Jones, Lucy Worsley, Max Hastings, Micheal MacIntyre, Phil Wang… Far too many to list, so see the full line up and book your tickets here.

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