Dorchester Literary Festival 2020Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival


We are hopeful that this year's Dorchester Literary Festival will be able to go ahead. Last year we had to make the sad decision to cancel the festival  in the light of  Covid 19 pandemic and government restrictions on indoor events and social distancing. Our foremost concern was that our festival did not put at risk the health of our authors, audience, sponsors, festival staff and volunteers. This year we are hopeful that the vaccination programme will enable us to go ahead with a live event.


We have already lined up some exciting events and will announce these in May. 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

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This Year's Events


Thank you for asking me to take part in the Hardy Today event. I enjoyed it very much.

Virginia Astley
Feedback From 2017 Festival

I loved being part of your festival and would be only to happy to be lined up again.

Vanessa Berridge
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

Thanks so certainly was good fun.

Adam Nicolson
Feedback From 2019 Festival

This year's festival was absolutely superb.

Sir David Haslam
Feedback From 2019 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

With Grateful Thanks To Our Sponsors