Dorchester Literary Festival 2018Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival


We have had a fantastic festival with an incredible array of writers all of whom have entertained and enlightened us in different ways. You can download the programme as a PDF file here. Now we have just one amazing event left - former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be joining us on Saturday 16th November at 7.00 pm at Thomas Hardye's School Theatre to talk about her latest work. This promises to be a truly memorable close to our festival. There are still a few tickets left, available from this website or the Dorchester TIC. We hope to see you there.

If you can't make it, why not join us  as a Friend and make sure you don't miss out on any of the great events next year while you help support our festival. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


This Year's Events


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

Thank you for asking me to take part in the Hardy Today event. I enjoyed it very much.

Virginia Astley
Feedback From 2017 Festival

This year's festival was absolutely superb.

Sir David Haslam
Feedback From 2019 Festival

I very much enjoyed the events I came to at the Dorchester  Literary festival. It was all very well organised. The sessions on The Seabird's cry, Bee Quest, and The Otter's Tale were brilliant. 

Helen Austin
Feedback From 2017 Festival

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

Thanks again for organising a lovely event.

Dave Goulson
Feedback From 2017 Festival

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