Sturminster Newton has played host to three notable writers, Thomas Hardy, William Barnes and Robert Young. Their writing captured the way of life in the Blackmore Vale and each made a significant contribution to English Literature. 

The Sturminster Newton Literary Festival draws on this impressive cultural legacy and celebrates the life and works of our three writers. The festival is much more than a journey back to simpler times; it’s also an opportunity to showcase some of our best Dorset and Wessex fiction and non-fiction writers and to encourage the next generation of writers.

Our presenters have connections to Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, and Somerset, reflecting the Wessex footprint.

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