Robert Harris among the authors at the Dorchester Literary Festival

An eclectic and ambitious lineup has been announced for an upcoming book celebration.

Now in its eighth year, the Dorchester Literary Festival will run from October 15-22 and the organizers are delighted to have recruited some of the best authors.

In a bit of a bang for the festival, ‘page-turner king’ Robert Harris, author of Fatherland and Enigma, will join the proceedings.

He will be joined by literary luminaries such as Justine Picardie, Sophie Hannah and Max Hastings.

There will also be a talk from TV presenter Ray Mears on his book We Are Nature, which brings together his incredible lived experience and deep practical knowledge of the outdoors into one gripping narrative.

An event was planned on Queen Elizabeth II before her passing. Now, with added significance, Robert Hardman will talk about his new queen biography – the queen of our time.

There will be many exciting stories to hear. Endurance athlete Jenny Tough will talk about her book Solo, which traces her solo run through mountain ranges on six continents, starting with one of the most remote places on earth in Kyrgyzstan.

Another gripping tale will come from author Judith Mackrell, who will recount how six bold and resolute women became frontline war correspondents during World War II in Going With the Boys.

There’s plenty for history buffs with Justine Picardie talking about her book Miss Dior about visionary designer Christian Dior and his beloved younger sister Catherine and their experience of war. James Hamilton will talk about Constable, his new biography of groundbreaking British landscape painter John Constable.

Nature lovers will enjoy hearing Tim Birkhead talk about his book Birds and Us, an epic and dazzling journey through the shared history of humans with birds.

For those who want to get started, there will be workshops to attend including Creative Clay for All, an online event on picture books for preschoolers and a creative writing masterclass with the writer. police officer Sophie Hannah.

Events will take place primarily at the Dorford Center in Bridport Road, with some at the Dorset County Museum and the Dorchester Library.

Tickets for the events are on sale now. They can be purchased online at or from Waterstones, 45-47 South Street, Dorchester.

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