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Orla Kiely Cancelled

Orla Kiely Cancelled [Janet Gleeson: 24th Sep 2018 19:30:00]

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize - winner announced

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize - winner announced

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize - winner announced [Janet Gleeson: 13th Jul 2018 09:22:00]

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Competition - Shortlist Announced

Short list announced [Janet Gleeson: 18th Jun 2018 13:49:00]

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Competition

The award ceremony will be held on 12th July at The Duchess of Cornwall, Poundbury [Janet Gleeson: 8th May 2018 16:24:00]

Local Writers Competition update

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Local Writers Prize [Janet Gleeson: 21st Dec 2017 11:33:00]

Kate Adie

Broadcaster Kate Adie OBE is joining the DLF team as patron [Janet Gleeson: 19th Dec 2017 12:00:00]

A N Wilson Festival Event SOLD OUT

A N WILSON's Dorchester Literary Festival Event is now SOLD OUT! [Janet Gleeson: 16th Oct 2017 07:26:00]

DLF Local Writing Prize

DLF Local Writing Prize [Janet Gleeson: 27th Sep 2017 13:58:00]

Hardy Today Poetry Jamie McKendrick

Hardy Today Poetry Jamie McKendrick [Janet Gleeson: 25th Aug 2017 12:35:00]

Minette Walters is back

The Last Hours is crime-writer Minette Walters' first full length novel in ten years. [Janet Gleeson: 25th Jul 2017 09:47:00]

Take A Look At Our #DorchLitFest2017 Festival Flyer

Take A Look At Our #DorchLitFest2017 Festival Flyer

We have now published the flyer for Dorchester Literary Festival 2017. Download your copy in PDF format now. [Jon Sloper: 7th Jul 2017 12:54:00]

Henry Blofeld coming to Dorchester

Henry Blofeld coming to Dorchester

Henry Blofeld the voice of cricket is coming to the Dorchester Literary Festival on Saturday 21st October to discuss his memoir Over and Out. [Janet Gleeson: 24th Jun 2017 10:21:00]

Ian Mortimer  The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

Ian Mortimer The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history... [Janet Gleeson: 15th Mar 2017 16:26:00]

Fergal Keane  Wounds

Fergal Keane Wounds

Fergal Keane OBE will join us at the Dorchester Literary Festival to talk about his latest book Wounds A Memoir of Love and War, a family story of a murder, blood and betrayal that tore an Irish town apart and causes men to be silent still. [Janet Gleeson: 15th Mar 2017 16:20:00]

Iby Knill  The Woman with Nine Lives

Iby Knill The Woman with Nine Lives

An Auschwitz Holocaust survivor, Iby Knill survived capture, imprisonment and torture before volunteering as a nurse with a slave labour transport. Now in her 90s she will join us to tell her remarkable story. [Janet Gleeson: 3rd Mar 2017 09:13:00]

A N Wilson   Charles Darwin Victorian Mythmaker

A N Wilson Charles Darwin Victorian Mythmaker

Best selling historian A N Wilson will talk about his latest book a radical reappraisal of Charles Darwin [Janet Gleeson: 3rd Mar 2017 09:07:00]

Festival Sponsors

Festival Sponsors

Plans for this year’s festival are well underway. [Janet Gleeson: 9th Jan 2017 10:01:00]

Review of Dorchester Literary Festival 2016

Review of Dorchester Literary Festival 2016

The review of the Dorchester Literary Festival 2016 is in, you can read the full review on the homepage of our site. We'd love to hear any feedback from any visitors that came along to the 2016 festival. [Dorchester Literary Festival: 7th Dec 2016 15:21:00]

Programme for Dorchester Literary Festival 2016

Programme for Dorchester Literary Festival 2016

Here's the confirmed programme for the festival this year. [Jon Sloper: 6th Oct 2016 12:48:00]

DLF back bigger and better says Dorset Echo.

[Helen Mockridge: 29th Jul 2016 14:05:00]

New Chapter in Dorchester Literary Festival

Festival all set for the next chapter, writes Harry Hogger in the Dorset Echo... [Janet Gleeson: 25th Apr 2016 09:38:00]

Dr Julia Shaw and The Memory Illusion

Dr Julia Shaw and The Memory Illusion

Forensic psychologist Dr Julia Shaw shows the astonishing ways memories are not as reliable as we think in a fascinating insight into the human brain. [Janet Gleeson: 16th Mar 2016 10:33:00]

Lord Dannatt discusses Boots on the Ground

Lord Dannatt discusses Boots on the Ground

Richard Dannatt chronicles the army's history since 1945 and talks about his new book Boots on the Ground [Janet Gleeson: 14th Mar 2016 17:46:00]

Hardy Today : best-selling panellists announced

Hardy Today : best-selling panellists announced

Rachel Joyce and Dinah Jefferies talk about strong women and Hardy's legacy in modern fiction with Dr Tony Fincham [Janet Gleeson: 14th Mar 2016 17:40:00]

Tracy Chevalier Talks Apples

Tracy Chevalier Talks Apples

Our patron Tracy Chevalier will be reading from her new book On the Edge of the Orchard and chatting to award winning cider maker Penny Strong about the trials and triumphs of apple growing and cider making. [Helen Mockridge: 14th Mar 2016 17:33:00]

Kate Adie to share her Desert Island Books with Paul Atterbury

Kate Adie to share her Desert Island Books with Paul Atterbury

Kate Adie will choose eight books that have inspired her in conversation with Paul Atterbury on Sunday 23rd October at 5.00pm [Janet Gleeson: 14th Mar 2016 17:21:00]

River Cottage Forager John Wright confirmed for DLF on Friday 21st October.

River Cottage Forager John Wright confirmed for DLF on Friday 21st October.

One of Britain's best known naturalists talks to us about one of Britain's most characteristic landscape features; the humble hedgerow and tells us why they are so important. [Helen Mockridge: 14th Mar 2016 17:03:00]

This Year's Events

Feedback

It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map

Audience Feedback
Feedback From 2015 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

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

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

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

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