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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

This Year's Events


  • 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

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

    Edwina Toone
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • I don't think you could improve on the experience! Good luck with your plans for 2017 and I wish you all the very best.

    John Challis
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.

    Sue Jennings
    Feedback From 2016 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