Dorchester Literary Festival 2020Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival

Planning for the 2020 Dorchester Literary Festival is well under way and we have already confirmed some wonderful authors. We are obviously keeping watch on government guidelines in the light of the Coronovirus pandemic, but at present we are hopeful the festival will go ahead as planned in October.

You can see some of this year's exciting line-up listed below and on our What's On page.

If you enjoyed last year's festival and would like to benefit from special offers why not join us as a Friend and help support our festival

Keep well, stay safe and we hope to see you in October.

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


Latest News

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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

Thanks for your warm  welcome at the festival!

A N Wilson
Feedback From 2017 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

Thanks very much... It was fun and the audience very responsive.

Adam Nicolson
Feedback From 2017 Festival

I really enjoyed the interview with Sir Tim Waterstone and look forward to seeing who you invite to this year's festival.

Emma Howard
Feedback From 2019 Festival

I enjoyed my festival event in Dorchester very much. What a friendly welcome the audience gave me! Good luck with future festivals -- and well done.

Val McDermid
Feedback From 2017 Festival

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