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Yeovil Literary Festival 2019

There's a lush line-up of authors at the Yeovil Literary Festival later this month. Before you book, check out our top 5 picks AND grab some free tickets

The Yeovil Literary Festival is back and celebrating some of the UK’s best authors with over 50 events packed into the five-day book festival which runs from Thurs 31 Oct to Mon 4 Nov at The Octagon Theatre and other venues around Yeovil.  Here are our Muddy picks plus we’ve given five pairs of free tickets to give away – see winners’ names at the bottom of the page.

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Meet the wild man star of MTV’s stunt prankster show Dirty Sanchez turned endurance athlete and celebrity chef Matt Pritchard. The host of the BBC’s first vegan cookery series Dirty Vegan and 100% vegan explains how easy it is to go vegan and still get all the nutrition you need. Book a ticket to his talk and join him for a cookery demo at The Emporium Cafe in Yeovil from 4pm (call 01935 422884 for more info).

Matt Pritchard is at The Octagon Theatre, Thurs 31 Oct, 2pm. £10. Buy tickets.



Do you remember the first time you watched cult-classic film Dirty Dancing? Participate in a conversation with Katy Brand about her book that explores her lifelong love for the movie, the issues the film tackled and the legacy it has left behind.

Katy Brand is at The Octagon Theatre, Sun 3 Nov, 8pm. £12.  Buy tickets.



Strictly stalwart and former partner of Jerry Hall – and Ann Widdicombe – Mr Debonair isn’t just a twinkle toes. He’s a singer, a TV anchor and his debut novel One Enchanted Evening made The Sunday Times bestseller list. Described as ‘Downton with dance’, the tale of intrigue, high society, scandal and dance continues at the exclusive Buckingham Hotel in Moonlight Over Mayfair. My only question is where did he get the inspiration for main character, demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise?

Anton du Beke, Auditorium at The Octagon Theatre, Sun 3 Nov, 6pm. £18 includes a copy of the book.  Buy tickets.



One for pony mad kids. Growing up surrounded by racehorses trained by her father, Clare Balding could ride before she could walk and dreamed of winning the Grand National or riding in the Olympics, before going on to become the UK’s top racing and sports journo.  No wonder her Racehorse series about the adventures of feisty Charlie Bass and her horse Noble Warrior are so wonderful, warm and funny with strong messages about girl power.

Clare Balding is at the Auditorium at The Octagon Theatre, Mon 4 Nov, 2pm. £5. Buy tickets.



After leaving a life in the city to become a traditional shepherdess (as you do), Amanda Owen and husband Clive now look after a thousand sheep, a menagerie of other animals – and their nine kids – at their farm perched up on one of the highest, remotest hills in the Yorkshire Dales. Somehow she found time to write three bestselling books about their life. I don’t have time to write a shopping list.

Amanda Owen is at the Auditorium at The Octagon Theatre, Mon 4 Nov, 6pm. £12. Buy tickets.



To win a pair of tickets to any of the following author talks, just write the name of the author in the comments box below.

Give yourself two bites at the cherry by entering via the posts on our Facebook page muddysomerset . We’ll be picking five winners at 6pm on Fri 25 Oct.

  • Prue Leith, Sat 2 Nov, 2pm, The Octagon Theatre
  • Matt Pritchard: Dirty Vegan, Thurs 31 Oct, 2pm, The Octagon Theatre
  • Dan Jones: Crusaders, Fri 1 Nov, 12pm, The Swan Theatre
  • Brett Anderson: Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn, Fri 1 Nov, 6pm, The Octagon Theatre
  • Katy Brand: I Carried A Watermelon, Sun 3 Nov, 8pm, The Octagon Theatre


The Yeovil Literary Festival runs from Thurs 31 Oct to Mon 4 Nov at various venues around Yeovil.  See the full programme here.



We’ve pooled entrants’ names from here and from our Facebook page and picked out these winners at random:

Prue Leith: Jeannette Hull

Matt Pritchard: Mickie Bull

Dan Jones: Anne Young

Brett Anderson:Leaandra Toop

Katy Brand: Natasha Neads




Find more ideas here

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23 comments on “Yeovil Literary Festival 2019”

  • Elisabeth Clemow October 18, 2019

    Brett Anderson

  • Carole Bulmer October 18, 2019

    Katy Brand: I Carried A Watermelon

  • Susan Locke October 18, 2019

    Prue Leith

  • Kaz Doyle October 18, 2019

    Pru leith tickets. yes please

  • Julia C October 18, 2019

    Katy Brand

  • Maria Dormer October 18, 2019

    tickets to Matt Pritchard would be great, thank you!

    If you miss Katy Brand’s talk you can have a second chance at the 2019 Taunton Literary Festival in November ( Nov 4th -Nov 28th)! It is our 9th festival this year. Check out the talks, events and workshops at🤗

  • Claire October 18, 2019

    Prue leith

  • Diana October 18, 2019

    Prue Leith.

  • Kim Coate October 18, 2019

    Matt Pritchard

  • Yvonne may October 18, 2019

    Dan Jones crusaders

  • Libby Trott October 18, 2019

    Anton Du Beke
    So that I can take my friend who is a big strictly fan!

  • Pip R October 18, 2019

    Pru Leith

  • Duncan Phillips October 19, 2019

    Pru Leith

  • Mickie Bull October 21, 2019

    Matt Pritchard!

  • Natasha Neads October 21, 2019

    Katy Brand 🍉

  • Rosie October 21, 2019

    Prue Leith please

  • Anne October 24, 2019

    Dan Jones.

  • Jennette October 25, 2019

    Prue Leith

  • Sarah Bond October 25, 2019

    Matt Pritchard please

  • Steph October 25, 2019

    Katy Brand

  • Paul Kilford October 25, 2019

    Prue Leith

  • Julie Cardwell-Pearce October 25, 2019

    Anton du Beq

    • suetucker October 26, 2019

      Sorry, we haven’t got any freebies to see Anton this time but you’ll be able to get tickets to see him from the Yeovil Lit Fest people at The Octagon in Yeovil.


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