Dorchester Literary Festival 2020Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival


We have decided, with regret, to cancel this year’s Dorchester Literary Festival. We have come to the sad but inevitable conclusion that this is the right thing to do in the light of continued concern and uncertainty about Covid 19 and government restrictions on indoor events and social distancing. Our foremost concern is that our festival does not put at risk the health of our authors, audience, sponsors, festival staff and volunteers. In addition, the present restrictions mean that we would only be able to seat very limited numbers and the festival would not be financially viable.  We are naturally hugely disappointed to reach this decision, because the line-up for this year’s festival, our sixth, was very exciting.

We know that this news will not come as a complete surprise but we would like to assure you that we are committed to the future success of the Dorchester Literary Festival. 

We are grateful for all the support and encouragement we have received from you and hope that this will continue into next year and beyond. Please keep touch via the website and our Facebook and Twitter platforms.

The announcement of the 2020 Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize will go ahead as planned on 5th October. The next writing competition will be in 2022. Children's events will be held online and can be accessed through the library webpages.

We send you our warm wishes for your good health,

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


Latest News

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This Year's Events


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

Congratulations to the whole Lit Fest team. I am glad it has been such a well-deserved success! The huge effort put into it is very clear to see, it is great when that is acknowledged and rewarded! We have been very happy to host the event -we are all very proud to be involved with the Lit Fest...

Garry Batt, Duke's
Feedback From 2016 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

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

This year's festival was absolutely superb.

Sir David Haslam
Feedback From 2019 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

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