Dorchester Literary Festival 2020Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival

Planning for the 2020 Dorchester Literary Festival is well under way and we have already confirmed some wonderful authors. We are obviously keeping watch on government guidelines in the light of the Coronovirus pandemic, but at present we are hopeful the festival will go ahead as planned in October.

You can see some of this year's exciting line-up listed below and on our What's On page.

If you enjoyed last year's festival and would like to benefit from special offers why not join us as a Friend and help support our festival

Keep well, stay safe and we hope to see you in October.

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


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This Year's Events


I very much enjoyed the events I came to at the Dorchester  Literary festival. It was all very well organised. The sessions on The Seabird's cry, Bee Quest, and The Otter's Tale were brilliant. 

Helen Austin
Feedback From 2017 Festival

Thanks very much... It was fun and the audience very responsive.

Adam Nicolson
Feedback From 2017 Festival

Thanks so certainly was good fun.

Adam Nicolson
Feedback From 2019 Festival

I thought the event had a really good feel to it - and people couldn't have been friendlier and more welcoming. Good luck with future events.

Adam Ockelford
Feedback From 2017 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

Thank you so much for having me, it was so kind of you and such a wonderful event! I am so thrilled with the audience response and all the signing.

Professor Kate Williams
Feedback From 2019 Festival

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