Saturday 9th November 

Exeter Literary Festival events

10.30am – 12.30  Bookworms with Paul Cherrill

Outer Library / Open to All

Lead by Devon based children’s book designer and illustrator, Paul Cherrill, this creative drop-in workshop will inspire any budding young artist. With stories, doodles and song, it’s perfect for ages 5-11 yrs. So come and join us for some fun-filled activities and the chance to let your imaginations run wild!


2pm  – 3pm  Talk:  Was Jane Austen’s Aunt a Shoplifter?  with David Pugsley

Outer Library / Open to All

“Was Jane Austen’s aunt a shoplifter? Taunton Assizes, March 1800.” This is one of the earliest cases about shoplifting in high society. Jane Austen’s wealthy aunt was accused of theft in Bath in August 1799 and tried at Taunton Assizes in March 1800. Was she guilty of theft, or were the shopkeepers guilty of perjury? This talk will present the evidence and ask the audience for their verdict. There will be some references to characters or events in Jane Austen’s novels.


Saturday 16th November