The Barnes Society Readings

A selection of William Barnes society members will be performing readings of passages from the works of William Barnes in venues around the town. Readers will be performing at the following locations at 2pm and again at 3pm. Joshua’s Cafe The Stur of the Moment Cafe Sweet Pea Cafe Sturminster Newton Museum

Amy Hopwood

Amy Hopwood is a singer-songwriter based in Weymouth, Dorset, and specialising in folk, indie and original music. She performs solo, singing and playing tenor guitar, and in a duo with Tobias Raven on guitar and bass. I launched my first album ‘More or Less’ in May 2017, with the next album due to be released

Mitchell & Vincent

Based in the Westcountry and bringing traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles with varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music. As well as performing locally in Somerset and Dorset, they regularly play around the U.K. at a whole variety of concerts, festivals, events

A Sense of Place in Writing

Gail Aldwin, a Dorset-based writer of fiction and poetry and visiting tutor at Arts University Bournemouth, will be delivering a workshop on A Sense of Place in Writing.  The two-hour workshop will be held at Sturminster Newton Library, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton DT10 1DH starting at 2pm.  Tickets cost £10, including refreshments, and can be

Meet The Author Trail

Discover some amazing authors in our wonderful cafes and shops. The authors will be in place ready to meet, greet and sign copies of their works which will be on sale at the venue. Why not settle in for a quick cuppa? What better way to start your festival experience?   Meet the Author Trail

Poet Tree

The Poet Tree Everyone can write a poem. Everyone enjoys reading or hearing a poem.The Poet Tree in lower Railway Gardens will be the focus for sharing and enjoyingshort poems of all kinds. Pin up an original poem, rhyme, lyric or ditty that you’ve composed yourself or sharean old favourite that you think others will