The Mere Literary Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary at the final event of festival week 2016.
The audience at the Award Ceremony was able to talk to visiting authors about their books, enjoy a slice of celebratory cake which was decorated with books and logos, and meet Barrie Shore, a former script-writer for EastEnders, who was the star speaker at the first festival in 1997.
The event also saw the launch of an illustrated history of MLF entitled Merely A Festival and the grant aid awarded to the project by Wiltshire Southern Area Board and Mere Town Council was gratefully acknowledged.
The festival raises funds for a local charity which majors on providing volunteer transport and help for medical needs in the rural community of Mere and District.
Cutting of MLF Cake by John Fitzgerald (Chair of Mere & District LinkScheme), Adrienne Howell (Founder & Organiser MLF) and Brett Norris (Chair Mere Town Council). Author James Long records the scene.
Sue Evans launches Merely A Festival – the story of Mere Literary Festival – watched by author James Long and journalist Fanny Charles.