Dorchester Literary FestivalDorchester Literary Festival

Events for this year's festival are now being planned and we've started listing them on the website page below.  The brochure  will be ready in August. We'll also post the latest news on our Facebook page and keep Twitter updated with the latest news.

Unless otherwise stated, events last approximately one hour. There will be enough time in between each event  to enable you to attend consecutive events, although in some cases you may  have to change venues. Some events include a copy of the author's book in the ticket price. At other events Waterstones will  provide the author's books for you to buy, and there will be the opportunity to meet  authors and have books signed. To avoid queuing books can be ordered in advance from Waterstones.


The 2020 Festival Calendar

Saturday 10th October 2020

Sunday 11th October 2020

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Wednesday 14th October 2020

Thursday 15th October 2020

Friday 16th October 2020

Saturday 17th October 2020

What's on in 2020

This Year's Events


My wife and I really enjoyed our first visit to DLF to hear Henry Bloefeld. Having looked through the programme further we wished we should have chosen more, but at least we shall try to get the books via the Library. Looking forward to seeing next year’s programme.

Heather and Bryan Edwards
Feedback From 2017 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 had a lovely time...Prue (Leith)  is the type of person I want to be when I grow up!

Steve Harris
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

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

Thanks for the invitation to Dorchester- most enjoyable (and an appreciative audience) with the added bonus of meeting Lynne Truss!

James Le Fanu
Feedback From 2018 Festival

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