A warm welcome to the 2016 Dorchester Literary Festival. We were thrilled that last year’s festival, our first ever, was such a resounding success and this year our aim is to make it bigger and better, bringing you acclaimed authors that will enlighten, amaze and entertain you. in the picturesque setting of our lovely county town.
Dorchester and the unspoiled countryside and dramatic coastal scenery have inspired many of Britain’s best-loved writers, including Thomas Hardy, T E Lawrence, Ian McEwan and our patron Tracy Chevalier.
We now have an exciting programme to fill the five days of the festival with over twenty events confirmed. Headliners include our patron, Tracy Chevalier, Tony Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Victoria Hislop, Rachel Joyce, Dinah Jefferies, Richard Dannatt, Kate Adie, Alison Weir, Judith Millar, John Challis, John Wright, Elizabeth Luard, and many more. We have introduced a country themed day of events to be held in the beautiful surroundings of Kingston Maurward plus an exciting programme of free children's events. Tickets will go on sale in August via our website, by post or from the Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. Meanwhile we hope you enjoy our gallery of photos from last year’s festival. Keep watching the website for the latest updates and contact us to let us know what you think.
Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson