Dorset Writers Network, established in October 2010. We are here to support writing groups in your community or develop your individual skills as a writer. Whatever your level of expertise we provide workshops, author events and training days.
We have been supported financially in our work by the MLA, Dorset Library Service, Cyprus Well (now Literature Works), Weymouth & Portland Partnership, the National Lottery, Arts Council England, POPPS, Dorset County Council , Dorset Community Foundation, DOTS Disability & public donations.
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!
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).
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.
Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.
I thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.
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.