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Dorchester Literary Festival 2017Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival 18-22nd October 2017

LAST DAY OF THE FESTIVAL ...

Click the link below to hear Co Director Paul Atterbury talking about his personal highlights: You can still buy tickets for some of our events, so do come along  and let us know what you think:

 We were thrilled that last year’s festival was such a resounding success and in this, our third year, our aim is to make it bigger and better, bringing you acclaimed authors that will enlighten, amaze and entertain you, in the picturesque setting of our lovely county town. 

The third festival is now drawing to a close. We've had four wonderful days  and we are looking forward to the grand finale today, so don't miss out, do come down and join us for some of the events, we still have tickets available on line or on the door. Headliners whose stories we've enjoyed include  the acclaimed crime writers Minette Walters and Val McDermid, the eminent biographer A N Wilson, the incredible Holocaust survivor Iby Knill, comedian Christopher Biggins, foreign correspondent Fergal Keane, celebrated Cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, award winning writer Adam Nicolson and many more

Today it's the turn of best-selling royal biographer Penny Junor, historian Ian Mortimer intrepid cyclist Tim Moore, and our very own antiques expert Paul Atterbury.

You can still buy tickets on line. Tickets will also be sold on the door - do check the website for venues and timings as there are some new venues this year and we sometimes have to change times. Events last approximately one hour so you will always have time to attend consecutive events in the timetable, even when you have to change venue.

Carparks are marked on the map at the back of the brochure.

We look forward to seeing you later this week.

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

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors

This year our chosen charity is Dorset Community Foundation.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Main Sponsors: 

The Festival Charity for 2017 is
 

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This Year's Events

Feedback

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).

    Elisabeth Luard
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!

    Penrose Halson
    Feedback From 2016 Festival