Sturminster Newton Literary Festival focuses on celebrating three writers associated with the town (Thomas Hardy, William Barnes, and Robert Young), current Dorset and Wessex writers, and aspiring writers of the future. The festival has a range of talks, workshops, guided walks, and collaborative events with local businesses to promote writing from the region.


Win book tokens in our 2024 Crime Mystery Competition sponsored by Bellway Homes.

Pick up a flyer or download one here.

Six shops in Sturminster Newton (1855, The Boutique, The Emporium, Daisy Delbridge, Beads with a Twist, and Agnes and Vera) each have one clue. Find the clues displayed in the shop, work out who committed the crime, the weapon used, where it happened , and the motive. Post your entry in the red box at The Exchange or email your answers to by 16th June 2024.

The first correct answers drawn after the closing date win book tokens.

First prize £40, Second prize £30, Third prize £20, Fourth prize £10.

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