MERE Literary Festival director Adrienne Howell has stepped down after 22 years service. The funds raised in the 22 year history of the festival has amounted to tens of thousands of pounds and have helped provide a Mere Link Scheme. Present were present Link Scheme Chairman John Fitzgerald and pass Chairman Christopher Stephenson and Tony Taylor.

Fay Weldon a famous English Author was present on one of the days of the festival. In 1971 Fay Weldon wrote the first episode of the landmark television series Upstairs Downstairs.

Adrienne chose the festival award ceremony on Sunday, October 14 to launch a collection of her short stories being The Fox's Lament and other short stories.

The festival also featured one day the official launch of Nuremberg's Voice of Doom the autobiography of the chief interpreter at The Nuremberg Trials, the interpreter being Wolfe Frank who spent the last years of his life in Mere. The Grove Building was full to capacity for the function and the book was well publicised in Waterstones window in Salisbury.