Sturminster Newton Literary Festival has gone online this year but has attracted a wide range of authors with a Dorset connection to talk about their work. The festival will run from 14 -20 June 2021. Rosanna Ley, Libby Page, Andy Charman, Peter Tait, Andy Miller, and Lucy Clarke will all be speaking about their writing.

Peter Tait will be talking about his book on the women in Thomas Hardy’s life. Rosanna Ley speaks about her new book set in Seville, The Orange Grove, and what inspires her writing. Dorset dialect features in Andy Charman’s book Crow Court, set in Wimborne. Lucy Clarke writes psychological thrillers and will be speaking about her new book The Castaways and her writing work. The Island Home is Libby Page’s new book and she will be talking to Dorset Libraries about her career as an author. Andy Miller grew up in Weymouth and will be discussing how a blend of true events and psychological insights formed his book Never: A Word.

Two literary walks will include the literary heritage in Sturminster Newton and Marnhull. A video of Literary Sturminster Newton made by local film maker Niko Forster and narrated by Roger Guttridge will be released during the festival week.

One of the organisers, Michaela Knowles said “Using the internet has brought Sturminster Newton Literary Festival to a national and international audience. We hope it inspires people to visit the area in future.”

Details of the talks can be found on:


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