Dorchester Literary Festival 2018Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival


We have had a fantastic festival with an incredible array of writers all of whom have entertained and enlightened us in different ways. You can download the programme as a PDF file here. Now we have just one amazing event left - former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be joining us on Saturday 16th November at 7.00 pm at Thomas Hardye's School Theatre to talk about her latest work. This promises to be a truly memorable close to our festival. There are still a few tickets left, available from this website or the Dorchester TIC. We hope to see you there.

If you can't make it, why not join us  as a Friend and make sure you don't miss out on any of the great events next year while you help support our festival. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


This Year's Events


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

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

 I very much enjoyed the whole occasion, and want to thank you for all your hospitality.

Jamie McKendrick
Feedback From 2017 Festival

Thank you very much for such a warm welcome and lovely (huge...) audience...Emma made the whole event such an easy pleasure for me.

Joanna Trollope
Feedback From 2018 Festival

We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester. 

Christina Hicks
Feedback From 2016 Festival

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

Virginia Astley
Feedback From 2017 Festival

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