“Great hospitality, a very warm audience and an all-round lovely atmosphere” James Walton

Photo by Chris Chapman

Chagword 2019 is Chagford’s fourth literary festival, launching on the evening of Friday 22, then running all day Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March 2017. This year we will be also hosting a Children’s Bookfest on Saturday 9 March.


Chagword 2019 follows the very successful inaugural festival in 2013 and aims to establish Chagford as a focus of literary excellence by attracting high quality speakers, and providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways.

Chagword will promote, encourage and develop participation in all aspects of the literary arts in Chagford, across all sections of the community and all age ranges.

about2We aim to create a sense of occasion and identification with the festival, further raising the profile of Chagford and of Dartmoor, and stimulating economic opportunities for local businesses.


Chagword is a not-for-profit organisation run by a team of volunteers.