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

LAST DAY OF THE FESTIVAL ...

Click the link below to hear Co Director Paul Atterbury talking about his personal highlights: You can still buy tickets for some of our events, so do come along  and let us know what you think:

 We were thrilled that last year’s festival was such a resounding success and in this, our third 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. 

The third festival is now drawing to a close. We've had four wonderful days  and we are looking forward to the grand finale today, so don't miss out, do come down and join us for some of the events, we still have tickets available on line or on the door. Headliners whose stories we've enjoyed include  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, award winning writer Adam Nicolson and many more

Today it's the turn of best-selling royal biographer Penny Junor, historian Ian Mortimer intrepid cyclist Tim Moore, and our very own antiques expert Paul Atterbury.

You can still buy tickets on line. Tickets will also be sold on the door - do check the website for venues and timings as there are some new venues this year and we sometimes have to change times. Events last approximately one hour so you will always have time to attend consecutive events in the timetable, even when you have to change venue.

Carparks are marked on the map at the back of the brochure.

We look forward to seeing you later this week.

Download the Dorchester Literary Festival Programme for 2017 as a PDF file here.

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

  • I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating. 

    John Wright
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).

    Elisabeth Luard
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

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

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.

    Tracy Chevalier
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).

    Jeanne Holmes
    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