Dorchester Literary Festival 2015
The first Dorchester Literary Festival will be held in Dorchester between 23rd and 25th October 2015. This new event, bringing together writers from all sides of the literary spectrum, will make a significant cultural contribution to Dorset’s County town while adding to Dorchester’s already well-known literary associations.
The picturesque town, with its unspoiled countryside and dramatic coastal scenery, has inspired many of Britain’s best known writers, including Thomas Hardy, William Barnes, T E Lawrence, Ian McEwan, and Tracy Chevalier, and the new Festival welcomes book-lovers to this beautiful setting.
Organised by local authors Janet Gleeson and Paul Atterbury, the Festival offers three days of busy literary activity covering fiction, biography, history, art, politics, sport and the natural world. A full programme, featuring both local and national authors, includes Tracy Chevalier, the Festival’s Patron, Julian Fellowes, Kate Adie, Catherine Mayer, Dom Joly, Natasha Solomons, Martin Johnson, Saul David, Tom Fort , Allan Mallinson, and Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Minette Walters will discuss crime writing with Robert Ryan and Jason Goodwin, Katie Fforde and Natasha Solomons will discuss the legacy of Thomas Hardy in romantic fiction today with Barrie Bullen and Tony Fincham, and the Dorset County Library is arranging a pop up book workshop for children.
Events will take place in the splendour of the Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Gallery, in the handsome new galleries recently opened by Duke’s Auctioneers and in Waterstone’s bookshop. Duke’s and Acheson Construction are the Festival’s main sponsors. Other sponsors include Battens Solicitors, Cresta Leisure, Domvs, the Duchy of Cornwall, Humphries Kirk Solicitors, the Lulworth Estate, Savills, Poundbury Wealth Management and the Thomas Hardy Society. The Dorset Echo, BBC Radio Solent and WessexFM are the Festival’s media supporters.
Tickets, priced at £10 for all events, except the children’s morning which will be free (but reservations still required) will be on sale from August, at the Tourist Information Centre, the County Museum, and from the Festival website.