Festival Diary 2023

Below is a list of the events of the 2023 festival by day along with the event venue and start time. Click on an event to purchase tickets.

Wednesday 2nd October

19:00 Poetry Slam with Angie Porter
Shire Hall Museum Cafe

Saturday 12th October

12:00 Rory Cellan-Jones – Sophie From Romania
The Dorford Centre
14:00 John Suchet – In Search of Beethoven: A Personal Journey
The Dorford Centre
16:00 Saul David – Sky Warriors
The Dorford Centre
18:00 Kate Mosse – The Map of Bones
The Dorford Centre
19:30 Ben Macintyre – The Siege
The Dorford Centre

Sunday 13th October

12:00 Wessex Writers – A Literary Walk
Thomas Hardy Statue

Tuesday 15th October

10:30 Nigel Toon – How AI Thinks
Dorset Museum
12:00 Jim Down – Life in the Balance
Dorset Museum
14:00 Giles Milton – The Stalin Affair
Dorset Museum
16:00 Sir Robin Niblett – The New Cold War
Dorset Museum
18:00 Tracy Chevalier – The Glassmaker
The Dorford Centre

Thursday 17th October

10:30 Nusrit Mehtab – Off the Beat
The Dorford Centre
12:00 James Holland – Cassino ’44
The Dorford Centre
14:00 Victoria Hislop – The Figurine
The Dorford Centre
16:00 The Oldie Event – Giles Wood and Mary Killen – Country Life – in conversation with Harry Mount
The Dorford Centre
18:00 Kate Humble – Where the Hearth Is
The Dorford Centre

Friday 18th October

12:00 Adam Nicolson – How to Be
The Dorford Centre
14:00 Polly Toynbee and David Walker – The Only Way is Up
The Dorford Centre
16:00 Tom Heap – Land Smart
The Dorford Centre
18:00 Clare Balding – Isle of Dogs
The Dorford Centre

Saturday 19th October

10:30 Chris Atkins – Time After Time
The Dorford Centre
12:00 Mick Conefrey – Fallen
The Dorford Centre
14:00 Tom Baldwin – Keir Starmer, The Biography
The Dorford Centre
16:00 Michael Mansfield – The Power in the People
The Dorford Centre