Dorchester Literary Festival 2018Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival 17th-21st October 2018


We've already confirmed some exciting events: scroll down this page to see what's coming, or see the events page for more details. There's more in the pipeline so we hope that there will be plenty to tempt you to come along. Events usually last one hour and tickets will be on sale from August.

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


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


This year our chosen charity is Dorset Community Foundation.

Special Thanks to our Main Sponsor



Latest News

Local Writers Competition update

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Local Writers Prize...

Kate Adie

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This Year's Events


I attended 4 events, next year I will want to attend even more talks. 
A friend came to stay with us and she was equally impressed by the talks she attended.

Gill Borg
Feedback From 2017 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 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

I SO enjoyed yesterday. It was a real pleasure to meet you all and what a lovely festival, lovely venue and lovely audience. And Jason was just brilliant. Thank you very, very much for inviting me.

Penny Junor
Feedback From 2017 Festival

Going from strength to strength, well done!

Polly Greenway, Domvs
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