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Dartmoors Literary Festival
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The beautiful market town of Chagford will host the third Chagword Literary Festival over the weekend 17-19 March 2017, so make a date in your diaries now.

Chagword 2017

Already a band of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers are working hard to make this the best festival yet, enticing world-class authors of books for both adults and children to this ancient corner of Dartmoor to delight and inspire, inform and entertain.

Chagword 2015 will be hard to beat, with memorable contributions from Deborah Moggach, Blake Morrison, Philip Marsden and Geraldine McCaughrean to name but a few. See the Gallery for a reminder of a great weekend.

Authors will be announced here as they are signed up, so keep an eye on this space for the latest information, and the full programme will be published in January 2017 with tickets available from February 2017.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us through grants, donations and sponsorship as this enables us to not only run the festival but also keep the ticket prices accessible to all. We are especially grateful to Helpful Holidays who were our principal sponsors for Chagword 2013, 2015 and are again now for 2017.

We are delighted to announce that The Three Crowns is to be our hotel partner for the festival. Huge thanks to John Milan and Steve Bellman for their support.


Receive info on all things literary, from authors booked to competitions, offers and more.


Pop-up Bookshop

We are delighted that the amazing Crediton Community Bookshop are back again with their pop-up festival bookshop so lots of opportunity to browse through – and buy – some lovely books.

Pix Show: Jonathan Dimbleby writer, broadcaster and film maker at Chagword the Dartmoor Literary Festival in Chagford Devon
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Become a Friend of the Festival

Help support our festival from as little as £15 and get advance notice and discounted early bird tickets, plus an invitation to our special authors and members only drinks evening.

Chagword is grateful to the following for funding previous festivals: