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


We've already confirmed some exciting events: scroll down this page to see what's coming, or see the events page for more details. There's more in the pipeline so we hope that there will be plenty to tempt you to come along. Events usually last one hour and tickets will be on sale from August.

Paul Atterbury and Janet Gleeson

Festival Directors


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


This year our chosen charity is Dorset Community Foundation.

Special Thanks to our Main Sponsor



Latest News

Local Writers Competition update

Hall & Woodhouse DLF Local Writers Prize...

Kate Adie

Broadcaster Kate Adie OBE is joining the DLF team as patron...

This Year's Events


...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...

Audience Feedback
Feedback From 2015 Festival

I thought the event had a really good feel to it - and people couldn't have been friendlier and more welcoming. Good luck with future events.

Adam Ockelford
Feedback From 2017 Festival

I felt truly privileged to be able to enjoy so many events in your excellent programme...quite sumptuous! Had I been able to, I would have booked every event!

Evelyn Price
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

Kate Adie's Desert Island Books was thoroughly enjoyable! I had no idea she was (a) so glamorous and (b) so delightfully funny.

Sue Slater
Feedback From 2016 Festival

I had a wonderful time in Dorchester. Very best wishes, Tom.

Thomas Williams
Feedback From 2017 Festival