Dorchester Literary Festival 2020Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival


Now that things are slowly returning to normal we are planning this year's Dorchester Literary Festival as a live event.

We have already lined up some exciting events, and details are posted below. There are more in the pipeline and we will keep the website updated. Please keep touch via the website and our Facebook and Twitter platforms.

The next writing competition will be in 2022. 

We send you our warm wishes for your good health, and hope to see you in October.

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


Latest News

Live events will be held this year

The Festival is scheduled to go ahead with a varied programme of in person events....

This Year's Events


Thanks for the invitation to Dorchester- most enjoyable (and an appreciative audience) with the added bonus of meeting Lynne Truss!

James Le Fanu
Feedback From 2018 Festival

Thanks very much... It was fun and the audience very responsive.

Adam Nicolson
Feedback From 2017 Festival

On behalf of everyone at People First Dorset, I'd like to say a huge thank you for all your support...we've all loved being part of the. Festival.

Laura Kerr
Feedback From 2019 Festival

Thanks so certainly was good fun.

Adam Nicolson
Feedback From 2019 Festival

I had a lovely time...Prue (Leith)  is the type of person I want to be when I grow up!

Steve Harris
Feedback From 2019 Festival

Thank you so much for inviting me to Dorchester, and looking after me so well. You and Paul run a great tight ship there and I was honoured to be a part of it this year.

Tim Pears
Feedback From 2019 Festival

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