Below are some of the images taken during 2015's fantastic Literary Festival. 

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Cancellation: Amanda Craig and Jane Corry In Conversation with Judi Spiers

Unfortunately the Amanda Craig, Jane Corry panel event has been cancelled...


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  • Polly introducing the Crime Time panel
  • Jason Goodwin, Minette Walters and Rob Ryan, with co Director Janet Gleeson and Polly from Domvs
  • Marc Allum signing The Antiques Magpie with the Waterstones team
  • Marc Allum talks about the wonderful world of antiques
  • Tom Fort entertaining the audience with his travels along the Channel Shore
  • Hardy Today - Katie Fforde, Natasha Solomons, Barrie Bullen in discussion with Dr Tony Fincham
  • Julian Fellowes and Danny Danziger with festival organizers Paul Atterbury, Janet Gleeson, Chrissie and Paul
  • Tracy Chevalier in conversation with Paul Atterbury
  • The Gallery at Dukes'
  • Technician Ollie Titterington and Paul Atterbury
  • Paul Atterbury introduces Dom Joly
  • Directors Paul and Janet in the Green Room
  • Setting up for the first event
  • DLF window at the Tourist Information Centre
  • Controlling the sound and lighting
  • DRIVEN- The Story of a Story - Toby Vintcent
  • Richard and Judy with Catherine Mayer and festival directors
  • Preparations: Catherine Mayer and Jason Goodwin
  • Crime Time: Minette Walters with Jason Goodwin and Rob Ryan
  • In conversation with Julian Fellowes
  • Dorset County Museum
  • Book SIgning with Kate Adie
  • Catherine Mayer, Judy Finnigan, Janet Gleeson, Richard Madeley and Paul Atterbury
  • New Hardy Players at Max Gate
  • The Victorian Gallery at Dorset County Museum

This Year's Events


  • Congratulations to the whole Lit Fest team. I am glad it has been such a well-deserved success! The huge effort put into it is very clear to see, it is great when that is acknowledged and rewarded! We have been very happy to host the event -we are all very proud to be involved with the Lit Fest...

    Garry Batt, Duke's
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester. 

    Christina Hicks
    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

  • I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!

    Maura Brickell
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 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