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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

  • We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant

    Audience Feedback
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • 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).

    Jeanne Holmes
    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

  • I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!

    Maura Brickell
    Feedback From 2016 Festival

  • 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
    Feedback From 2015 Festival

  • 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