We are disappointed to have to report that Ben Fogle and Thomasina Miers have had to withdraw from the festival this year.

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

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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

  • 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.

    Mike Nixon, Thomas Hardy Society
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.

    Catherine Mayer
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.

    Christine Savill
    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

  • Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.

    James Macdonald Lockhart
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.

    Edwina Toone
    Feedback From 2016 Festival