Below are some of the images taken during 2016's fantastic Literary Festival. 

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  • Rob Penn with Helen Mockridge and Paul Atterbury
  • Helen Rappaport book signing
  • Packed hall at Dorset County Museum
  • Dr Julia Shaw signing The Memory Illusion
  • Rachel Joyce and Dinah Jefferies
  • DLF Car, Sponsored by BMW Westerly
  • James Macdonald Lockhart
  • John Challis and Steve Harris
  • Minette Walters and Anne Cleeves
  • Victoria Hislop and Steve Harris
  • Ben and Anthony Holden with Stephanie Dale and Sue
  • Daphne Selfe and Lucy Ambache
  • Tony Fincham, Rachel Joyce and Dinah Jefferies
  • Hall at Dorset County Museum
  • co Directors Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson with Sir Tony Robinson
  • Helen Rappaport book signing
  • Lord Dannatt with Helen Mockridge
  • Rosie Johnson and two of her team of volunteers
  • Penrose Halson and William Boyde

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  • I did so enjoy being with you and doing my stuff. I hope to see you again, though I am so busy I don't seem to have time for writing much at present! I am
    sure your festival will go from strength to strength….

    Daphne Selfe
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!

    Penrose Halson
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • ...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • I felt truly privileged to be able to enjoy so many events in your excellent programme...quite sumptuous! Had I been able to, I would have booked every event!

    Evelyn Price
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...

    Rob Ryan
    Feedback From 2015 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