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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.


from the Box Office – Three Crowns, High Street, Chagford, Open: Tue 2-5pm and Thur/Fri/Sat 10am-2pm; or by phone (credit or debit card) 07518 469437 available only on: Wed/Fri/Sat 10am-2pm. Full details in the chagword-programme2017 and on our CONTACT US page.

Print off and complete the Chagword booking form 2017 to save yourself and us time in the Box Office.



Wizard of words MATT HARVEY and the master of rhythm  PHILIP CLOUTS, accompanied by Marcus Vergette on double bass and Coach York on drums come together to whisk you away on an adventure of words and music, helped along by some tasty nibbles and a full bar selling among other drinks fabulous Sharpham wines.

* SOPHIE HANNAH, Sophie will draw us into a world of mystery, menace and murder with help from her latest Hercule Poirot novel – and then, in keeping with the period atmosphere, we’ll all have afternoon tea!

* SHAUN HILL, Michelin-starred chef, will  share with you “things I have learned from 50 years at the stove”

* ALICE OSWALD – winner of the 2016 Costa Poetry Award for her new collection, ‘Falling Awake’

*  KATE ADIE – Kate is a familiar and highly regarded figure,  first  through her  ground breaking work  as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent and latterly as the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’. She is also the author of a number of fascinating books including ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’.

* MAX PORTER – winner of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award for his debut novel, ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’. Prize judge James Naughtie described Max as “a writer bursting with originality”. Max will be talking about his work, inspiration and the influence of Ted Hughes’ poetry.

* Double BAFTA winner, PETER MOFFAT and MARNIE DICKENS, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit (2016) in conversation, a rare opportunity  to hear two hugely successful screenwriters, both at different stages in their careers, discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for the small and large screen.

* HISHAM MATAR will be talking about his brilliant new memoir, ‘The Return’, which was  shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the most prestigious award for non-fiction.

* MICHAEL MORPURGO telling the deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, from his book ‘War Horse’, accompanied by songman, BEN MURRAY from the hit West End production. Fundraising event in support of Farms for City Children.

* PATRICK GALE explores in depth his much praised latest novel, ‘A Place Called Winter’ as part of  The Great Read, the session especially for book groups as well as individual book-lovers.

For children at the festival: –

JASON BERESFORD entertains with some hilarious storytelling and interactive fun for ages 7+

and SIMON JAMES internationally renowned children’s author, introduces his hot-off-the-press book, tells stories and draws pictures for ages 3+

A big thank you to everyone who supports us through grants, donations and sponsorship, all of which enable us not only to run the festival but also to keep ticket prices accessible to all, especially  Helpful Holidays, who were our principal sponsors for both of the previous festivals and are again for 2017, the Arts Council, England for their generous support and  The Three Crowns, our partner hotel.


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Chagword is grateful to the following for funding the 2017 festival: