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Dorchester Literary Festival 2017Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival 18-22nd October 2017

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

Festival Directors

This year our chosen charity is Dorset Community Foundation.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Main Sponsors: 

The Festival Charity for 2017 is
 

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This Year's Events

Feedback

  • It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.

    Ben Holden
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • Kate Adie's Desert Island Books was thoroughly enjoyable! I had no idea she was (a) so glamorous and (b) so delightfully funny.

    Sue Slater
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • I don't think you could improve on the experience! Good luck with your plans for 2017 and I wish you all the very best.

    John Challis
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.

    Christine Savill
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • I thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.

    Andrea Clarke
    Feedback From 2016 Festival