We are thrilled to announce that Ben Fogle will be joining us on Thursday 19th October to talk about his latest book English, a wry look at what it means to be English in a rapidly changing post-Brexit world. Ben drives a Land Rover, owns a Labrador, wears a Barbour jacket - does that make him English, British, European or a man of the world?
Janet Gleeson: 17th May 2040 15:07:00
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...
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
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...
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).
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).
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.
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….
Absolute pleasure, thanks for such an enjoyable night. I think having Tony Robinson there promoting his autobiography was a great idea...