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

Choosing events for DLF 2022...

This Year's Events


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

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

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

I enjoyed my festival event in Dorchester very much. What a friendly welcome the audience gave me! Good luck with future festivals -- and well done.

Val McDermid
Feedback From 2017 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

I really enjoyed this year's festival and all the extra work that must have been involved was greatly appreciated. Looking foward to next year already.

Sue Baker
Feedback From 2021 Festival

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