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Dorchester Literary Festival 2017Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival 17th-21nd October 2018

 THE 2017 FESTIVAL IS NOW OVER ...

Click the link below to hear Co Director Paul Atterbury talking about his personal highlights: If you came to any of them, or to any of our other events, we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. Do let us know what you think:

 We were thrilled that our third festival exceeded our expectations. We had five wonderful days of entertaining, enlightening and stimulating talks. Headliners whose stories we enjoyed included  the acclaimed crime writers Minette Walters and Val McDermid, the eminent biographer A N Wilson, the incredible Holocaust survivor Iby Knill, comedian Christopher Biggins, foreign correspondent Fergal Keane, celebrated Cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, award winning writer Adam Nicolson and many more. Here are some photos of the festival taken by Peter Yendell.

A N Wilson on DarwinFergal Keane in conversation with Steve HarrisHenry BlofeldIan Mortimer

Download the Dorchester Literary Festival Programme for 2017 as a PDF file here.

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors

This year our chosen charity is Dorset Community Foundation.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Main Sponsors: 

The Festival Charity for 2017 is
 

Stephen WestabyKim Hughes GC with students from the Studio SchoolVal Mcdermid and Minette WaltersA N Wilson

Latest News

Cancellation: Amanda Craig and Jane Corry In Conversation with Judi Spiers

Unfortunately the Amanda Craig, Jane Corry panel event has been cancelled...



 

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This Year's Events

Feedback

  • Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great event. Well done to both of you, fantastic event.

    Michael Dooley, Poundbury Clinic
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • 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).

    Elisabeth Luard
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating. 

    John Wright
    Feedback From 2016 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

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

    Edwina Toone
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • 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.

    Janet Evans
    Feedback From 2016 Festival