Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is among the speakers at the official opening event in October

Back for 2021 - a new chapter for ExeLitFest

Momentum is gathering for a three-day literary event in Exeter later this year after a hiatus because of the pandemic. Last year’s Exeter Literary Festival sadly had to be shelved, but now ExeLitFest (as it’s known for short) is delighted to unveil this year’s programme and open the Box Office.

If you love reading or writing, it’s time to bookmark these dates in your diary - 5th to 7th November - because that's when the Festival is returning to town, bigger and better than ever. A veritable smorgasbord for lovers of all things literary!

ExeLit Fest is an inclusive event for...

Help offered to the 70,000 people in Exeter who don't have a will

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:21pm

New research carried out on behalf of the UK’s second largest Will writing company has revealed that more than 74,000 adults in Exeter do not have a will. FreeWills.co.uk is offering all adults in Devon the opportunity to create a free will online to try and address this crazy situation.

FreeWills.co.uk Managing Director Carl Christensen says, “Our mission is to provide an easy way for every British adult to make a personalised will, for free. We are here to help people make sure that their family and friends, and the charities they care about, are looked after.”

“95% of...

Charity will writing campaign raises £1 million for County Air Ambulance Trust HELP Appeal

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 02/09/2020 - 8:52pm

A NATIONAL charity will writing campaign has smashed its £1 million fundraising target for the County Air Ambulance Trust HELP Appeal.

Since June 2014, Wills and Legal Services has provided people across the country with a professionally-written Will in exchange for a donation to the appeal.

And the Specialist Paralegal Law Firm reached the magical mark after raising £33,589 in December, bringing the overall total to £1,009,264.25.

The appeal funds life-saving helipads so air ambulances can land directly at hospitals throughout the UK.

Wills and Legal...

The winning Keys Stage 1 entry in this year's CPRE Devon children's art competition

Devon schoolgirls triumph in countryside charity’s art and writing competitions

A five-year-old girl from Exeter and two ten-year-old girls from Tavistock have won the top prizes in this year’s art and writing competitions held by the Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Devon).

The charity received the highest ever number of entries from primary schools in Devon, many of whom took part for the first time, including several in Exeter and Plymouth.

After careful deliberation, the top prize in the Key Stage 1 category of the art competition went to 5-year-old Florence Farnell from Bowhill Primary School in Exeter. Her charming...

CPRE Devon's Barney the Bull is calling on schoolchildren to get creative

Competitions challenge Devon's schoolchildren to capture the countryside in pictures and words

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has launched its 2019 art and writing competitions for primary schoolchildren - calling on them to use their creativity to capture Devon's coast and countryside.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to encourage outdoor learning and help youngsters engage with and enjoy the great outdoors. There's something for every child who's prepared to put pen to paper, either to create a piece of artwork or a short piece of writing.

Last year the charity received some fantastic entries from right across the...

CPRE Devon launches competitions to celebrate nature and the countryside

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:24pm

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is inviting church communities and primary school children from across the county to enter competitions to celebrate some of the things that make Devon so special.

CPRE Devon has launched three separate competitions this spring and hopes to be inundated with entries.

Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition 2018

Historic churches are central to life in Devon’s rural communities and form a unique part of our cherished landscape. In some parishes they are the only places to remain unchanged since Saxon times. This...

Teens have talent but creativity crumbles with age

Seventeen-years-old is the age when our creativity peaks, according to a survey out today by BIC®, the leading stationery brand in Europe , similarly those in Plymouth think that their creativity also peaks at 17-years-old. After this, British adults let their creativity die with a staggering 63% of over 30s claiming their talents have fallen by the wayside.

However, of those surveyed in Plymouth, nearly a third of people argued that they are still very much creative.

Researchers took a detailed look into the nation’s creative talents, aspirations and regrets – and revealed...

Choc Lit Day at Exeter Library - Calling all book lovers and wannabe writers!

Event Date: 
08/04/2017 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PQ.

Calling all book lovers and aspiring writers!

We’ll be holding our first Choc Lit Day at Exeter Library on Saturday 8th April between 1.30 and 4pm. Join us for a day of author talks, quizzes and games (with prizes!), exciting books to discover and – for the aspiring writers – the opportunity to pitch manuscript ideas to a Choc Lit editor. Make sure you have the date in your diary. Tickets for the event cost £5 (includes a goody bag) and can be purchased here: http://www.choc-lit.com/choc-lit-on-tour/

Panel includes local authors: Margaret James, Linda Mitchelmore &...

It Came from Planet Exe - Family Sci-Fi Day

Event Date: 
11/07/2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Exeter Phoenix

A one day Family Sci-Fi themed event featuring T.V. and Film actors (Doctor Who, Thor, Poldark and more) and Bestselling Author Andrew Lane (Young Sherlock and Lost Worlds).

Plus Science Fiction/Fantasy shops and comic stalls, costumed characters, live music, Board game playing, artists and fun and games and lots more!

Raising funds for Phonic FM.


exetreme imagination 2014

Event Date: 
25/10/2014 - 9:00am to 01/11/2014 - 6:00pm

exetreme imagination 2014 - a festival of writing for and by young people. Exeter’s literature festival being held from 25th October - 1 November in various locations around the city.

exetreme imagination is a unique, city-wide, multi-media, interactive festival for children of all ages. It’s about much more than books, but when it comes to authors we have a stellar guest-list.

For younger fans, we have four genuine superstars at the Northcott; we have the wonderful illustrator Petr Horacek; and for older readers a quartet of young adult writers who between them have won...