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.


Sturminster Newton Literary Festival 2024 will be held on 8-16 June. We’re busy planning an exciting programme which will be released in the new year. Our focus is on writers with a Dorset and wider Wessex connection.
We are looking for volunteers to help out with distributing programmes, event stewarding, and supporting some of our exciting new projects.
if you are interested, contact Rachael Rowe at for more details.

SturLitFest Needs You!

We’re seeking contributions from local people whose family members took part in the build-up to and military invasion of Normandy 80 years ago.

We will be creating an exhibition of local family testimonies and images that will be on show in the gallery at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton from June 6th. On June 9th, the exhibition will be formally launched alongside the author events commemorating the invasion.

If you’d like to contribute to the exhibition, please send us a short summary (500 words max) of your forbear’s experience in June 1944. If possible, please submit a typed version via email to sturlitfest1@gmail.comor deliver a hand-written account to the Town Council Offices in Sturminster Newton. Mark it FAO CClr Pauline Batstone – D-D 80th Anniversary Project.


We had a wide range of events in 2023, which celebrated the best of writing in the Dorset and wider Wessex region. From talks to literary walks, collaborations with local businesses, drama, and writing workshops, there was something for everyone at Sturminster Newton Literary Festival.

Our web site is now being prepared for 2024, and we look forward to showing you the 2023 highlights too!

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