Dorchester Literary Festival 2022Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival


The 7th Dorchester Literary Festival successfully took place from 9th - 16th October, 2021.

Around 2000 tickets were sold for the 25 events. Many sold out, partly because of the limited tickets available due to seating restrictions imposed by Covid rules.

We were delighted by the feedback we've already received from many of those who visited the festival. Comments covered the diversity of the speakers,the quality of the talks and the general efficiency and friendliness of the festival as a whole. There was a sense that everyone was delighted to be able to attend live events again, a sentiment that  the authors and we certainly shared.

So, a big thank you to everyone who came and supported the festival, and thanks particularly to our sponsors, advertisers and our magnificent and generous band of volunteers.

Now, on to 2022, for which planning is already under way

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


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Choosing events for DLF 2022

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This Year's Events


Congratulations to you all for an excellent festival and coping so well with Covid restrictions.

George Mortimer
Feedback From 2021 Festival

I thought the event was well organised and the ticket price was right, so well done to everyone.

Pamela Mann
Feedback From 2021 Festival

Thank you both for another great year of literary treats. My favourite all time guest is still Baroness Prue Leith! What an honour that was.

Katy Wall
Feedback From 2021 Festival

I enjoyed my visit to Dorchester tremendously and I was touched by both the enthusiasm of the audience and by the warm generosity of you and your team.

Leo McKinstry
Feedback From 2019 Festival

Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great event. Well done to both of you, fantastic event.

Michael Dooley, Poundbury Clinic
Feedback From 2016 Festival

The event I attended - Brian Patten - was excellent. I thought the format made for a very interesting session: better than just a talk.

My stand out event would have to be Prof Tony Redmond with Kate Adie - could have listened for another hour.

We'd like to say 'thank you' to everyone involved. We were very impressed with the arrangements, the quality of the speakers and the refreshments provided at the hall. We look forward to next year.

Penny Latty
Feedback From 2021 Festival

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