A warm welcome to the 2017 Dorchester Literary Festival. We were thrilled that last year’s festival was such a resounding success and this year our aim is to make it bigger and better, bringing you acclaimed authors that will enlighten, amaze and entertain you, in the picturesque setting of our lovely county town.
Dorchester and the unspoiled countryside and dramatic coastal scenery have inspired many of Britain’s best-loved writers, including Thomas Hardy and our patron Tracy Chevalier.
We have already confirmed an exciting programme to fill the five days of the festival. Headliners include our patron, Tracy Chevalier, the acclaimed crime writers Minette Walters and Val McDermid, the eminent biographer A N Wilson, the incredible Holocaust survivor Iby Knill, comedian Christopher Biggins, foreign correspondent Fergal Keane, celebrated Cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, best-selling royal biographer Penny Junor, accaimed poet and critic Tom Paulin, travel expert Alastair Sawday, best selling historians Ian Mortimer and Katie Hickman, eminent heart surgeon Stephen Westaby, award winning writer Adam Nicolson and many more. Tickets will go on sale at the end of August via our website. Meanwhile we hope you enjoy our gallery of photos from last year’s festival. Keep watching the website for the latest updates and contact us to let us know what you think.
Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson
This year our chosen charity is Dorset Community Foundation.
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.
Going from strength to strength, well done!
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!