Dorchester Literary Festival 2017About the Dorchester Literary Festival

Now in its forth year, the Dorchester Literary Festival is organised by writers for all those who enjoy the written word. Our aim is to give you the opportunity to hear stimulating talks and discussions by leading authors in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Tracy Chevalier – Patron

Best-selling American historical novelist Tracy has written seven novels, including The Girl with the Pearl Earring, which was made into a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, and Remarkable Creatures the story of the pioneering 19th century Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Julian Fellowes – Supporter

Dorset resident, and an acclaimed film director, novelist, actor and Conservative member of the House of Lords, Julian Fellowes is the Oscar winning screen writer of Gosford Park and writer and director of the much loved TV drama Downton Abbey.

Minette Walters – Supporter

Crime writer Minette Walters began her career as an editor on women’s magazines and writer of romantic fiction. Her highly successful crime novels include The Sculptress, The Ice House and Scold’s Bridle. Several of her award-winning books have been adapted for the screen and she is the recipient of two Golden Dagger Awards.

Jason Goodwin – Supporter

Specialist in Byzantine history, Dorset resident and author of nine successful books, Jason is the son of writers Jocasta Innes and John Michel. He won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for his book On Foot to the Golden Horn, an account of his walk from Poland to Istanbul. He has also written on the history of the Ottoman Empire and most recently published a series of detective novels set in 19th century Istanbul, one of which, The Janissary Tree won the Edgar Award for best novel in 2007.

Dorset County Museum – Supporter

Dorset County Museum is within easy walking distance of Dorchester South Station which is served by South West Trains running routes to and from London Waterloo, Southampton, Bournemouth and Weymouth. It is also easily accessible from Bristol, Bath and the south west by First Great Western trains to Dorchester West Station.

Paul Atterbury – Director

Antiques expert, lecturer, museum curator as well as writer Paul is best known as a specialist on The Antiques Roadshow. He has written over thirty books on subjects ranging from ceramics, architecture, travel, railways, canals and postcards to the First and Second World Wars. His most recent book World War One in 100 Family Treasures was the result of an appeal by The Antiques Roadshow for contributions for a special programme filmed in the Somme.

Janet Gleeson – Director

Janet worked at Sotheby’s and Bonhams as a picture valuer before beginning to write. She is the author of seven books including the Sunday Times non fiction best sellers The Arcanum and The Moneymaker and three historical crime novels. Her most recent book The Lifeboat Baronet tells the story of Sir William Hillary, the founder of the RNLI.

 

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Feedback

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

Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.

Ben Holden
Feedback From 2016 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

Thank you very much for such a warm welcome and lovely (huge...) audience...Emma made the whole event such an easy pleasure for me.

Joanna Trollope
Feedback From 2018 Festival

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