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Welcome to the Dorchester Literary Festival 19-23rd October 2016

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 are on sale now 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

Festival Directors

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Programme for Dorchester Literary Festival 2016

Here's the confirmed programme for the festival this year....

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Feedback from 2015

  • 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
  • Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.Catherine Mayer
  • Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...Tracy Chevalier
  • We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliantAudience Feedback
  • ...Enjoyable,engaging, enthralling...Audience Feedback
  • It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary mapAudience Feedback