If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It is the age of Samuel Pepys, the Great Fire of London and the libertine court of Charles II. Best - selling author and historian Ian Mortimer will tell the Dorchester Literary Festival what it would be like to really be alive in Restoration Britain: where you would stay, what you would eat, what you would wear, and how much a wig would cost as well as describing the changing 17th century world.
Janet Gleeson: 15th Mar 2017 16:26:00
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.
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.
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.
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
Plans for this year’s festival are well underway.
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).
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
Kate Adie's Desert Island Books was thoroughly enjoyable! I had no idea she was (a) so glamorous and (b) so delightfully funny.
All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.
You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.
Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.
A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.