Each year, in October, residents of the small town of Mere in Wiltshire, along with their friends, get together to put on a Literary festival to support the local Linkscheme charity.
The festival caters for a wide range of interests including events for children, and audiences are drawn from those living in this rural district and visitors to the town, among them those shortlisted or commended in the annual literary competition. The competition alternates yearly between a poetry competition and a time-limited short story writing competition.
19 September 2016
MERELY A FESTIVAL Ė The Story of Mere Literary Festival. A book to mark the festivalís 20th anniversary is about to go to press and will be launched at the Award Ceremony on Sunday October 16th. At over 150 pages, with many photographs and comments, itís good value at the rrp of £7.99 but will sell on launch day for a special festival price of £7 Ė all proceeds going to support the Link.
16 September 2016
2016 WRITE IN THE WEEK COMPETITION. The phrase to use in your stories for this year's writing competition is: 'one evening, twenty years ago'. Click here for full competition details, including how to enter.
7 August 2016
2016 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE. The 2016 Festival Schedule is now available for viewing on this website. Click here for the website programme listing, and click here for a printable flyer of the Festival schedule. The official festival printed programme will be available from September.
23rd July 2016
QUIZ RESULTS. Thanks to everyone that attended the Festival Launch Quiz last night, helping to raise more funds for the Link Scheme. The quiz competition was very close, with 'Guestimates' from Shaftesbury the ultimate winners. For the full results from the quiz click here.
13th July 2016
QUIZ TABLES. There are now only five tables left for the Linkscheme Literary Festival Quiz on Friday 22nd July (7.00 for 7.30pm). Don't miss out - phone Bill on 01747 861969 to book a table for your team. Teams of four or less.
6th July 2016
20th ANNIVERSARY. Help us commemorate the 20th edition of the Mere Literary Festival by sharing your memories and experiences of past events. Click here for more details.
6th July 2016
MORE COMPETITION DETAILS. A few more details about this year's writing competition have been added to the site. Click here to view.
3rd July 2016
LINKSCHEME LITERARY FESTIVAL QUIZ NIGHT. The annual Linkscheme quiz will be held this year on Friday 22nd July, 7.00 for 7.30pm in the Grove Building, Mere. Teams of 4 members or less welcome - a few tables are still available, so phone Bill on 01747 861969 to book one. Entry is £6 per person, and this includes a Ploughman's Supper. This event also marks the official unveiling of this year's Literary Festival programme.
7th April 2016
2015 FINAL FIGURES. Over the past few months the financial figures for the 2015 Literary Festival were finalised. We are pleased to confirm that approximately £2500 was raised for the Mere and District Linkscheme charity. Thank you once again for all of your support during the 2015 festival, and for your entries for the writing competition. We hope you will be able to participate once again in the 2016 event.