Unfortunately Tom Paulin has had to withdraw from the festival but in his place we are honoured to have the highly acclaimed prize winning poet Jamie McKendrick, who will be discussing Hardy's influence on his work and reading his poems in conversation with Writer-In-Residence at Hardy's Cottage Virginia Astley and Dr Tony Fincham.
Janet Gleeson: 25th Aug 2017 12:35:00
Ben Fogle and Thomasina Miers
We are disappointed to have to report that Ben Fogle and Thomasina Miers have had to withdraw from the festival this year.
Minette Walters is back
The Last Hours is crime-writer Minette Walters' first full length novel in ten years.
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.
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.
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...
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….
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.
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
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!
Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.
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).