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Ben Fogle and Thomasina Miers

[Janet Gleeson: 9th Aug 2017 15:32:00]

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

  • 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

  • I did so enjoy being with you and doing my stuff. I hope to see you again, though I am so busy I don't seem to have time for writing much at present! I am
    sure your festival will go from strength to strength….

    Daphne Selfe
    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

  • Thank you for organising the Dorchester Literary Festival. It was our first year...and will certainly attend again. We particularly enjoyed Victoria Hislop (with a good interviewer), Kate Adie and Dr Julia Shaw on Memory - excellent presentation and interesting subject.

    Daphne Larner
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

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

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival