New Sponsors

Plans for this year’s festival are well underway. We are delighted to announce that our joint main sponsors will once again be BMW Westerly and Duke’s Galleries. We are also thrilled that Hall & Woodhouse will become a gold sponsor. Thank you all for your support!

Janet Gleeson: 9th Jan 2017 10:01:00

Latest News

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...

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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.

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Thomasina Miers Home Cook
Thomasina Miers, founder of Wahaca, winner of BBC Masterchef in 2005, will be joining us to talk about Home Cook her book of over 300 of her favourite, fuss free, mouthwatering recipes.

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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.

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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

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Feedback from 2015

  • I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it... Rob Ryan
  • Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.Catherine Mayer
  • Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format.Great audience , acoustics...Tracy Chevalier
  • We really enjoyed the talks we attended...and look forward to next year's event...Kate Adie was brilliantG Farmlloe
  • ...Enjoyable,engaging, enthralling...A Hick
  • It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary mapR Binney

Forthcoming Events

Feedback

  • Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).

    Jeanne Holmes
    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

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

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester. 

    Christina Hicks
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • Going from strength to strength, well done!

    Polly Greenway, Domvs
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • ...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...

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    Feedback From 2015 Festival