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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 are working on an exciting programme to fill the five days of the festival with a dozen events confirmed already. Headliners include our patron, Tracy Chevalier, the eminent biographer A N Wilson, the incredible Holocaust survivor Iby Knill, comedian Christopher Biggins, foreign correspondent Fergal Keane,  accaimed poet and critic Tom Paulin, travel expert Alastair Sawday, celebrated chef Thomasina Miers, best selling historians Ian Mortimer and Katie Hickman, eminent heart surgeon Stephen Westaby, award winning writer Adam Nicholson and many more. Tickets will go on sale soon 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

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  • We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 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 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

  • All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.

    You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.

    Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.

    Mike Nixon, Thomas Hardy Society
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.

    Edwina Toone
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

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

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival