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For lovers of good books and creative expression


Welcome to the Sherborne Literary Society website. We hope you enjoy your visit. You can now access all Society  and Event information in one place, as well as purchase/renew your Membership and read the latest Book Reviews.

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We exist to:

Raise the profile of reading

Provide a forum for the local area's aspiring writers and give access to established ones.

Raise the profile of writing

Create an interest in books among young audiences and continue to inspire older ones.

Meet and share new ideas

Bring together national and local authors to discuss their writing and share inspiration.

Encourage creative expression

Demonstrate the fun and creativity associated with the written word in all forms.

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Our Current Programme of Events


Our programme is now almost complete through until the end of the year and can be seen by clicking the button below.

For the past three years the Society has not run a festival  concentrated into a few days but instead has spread "Festival" events through the year to ensure that it provided authors with the opportunity to promote their latest work at the nearest convenient date to publication. Our activities were of course interrupted by the pandemic so that the Society effectively relaunched in the late Summer of 2021. With some new blood on our committee and a more  optimistic outlook for the holding of events in 2022 and beyond, the Society presents an interesting, entertaining and diverse range of speakers and subjects..

Dame Kelly Holmes - Cancellation


Dame Kelly Holmes was originally booked to talk to us in 2020 but the event was postponed because of the pandemic. We have tried to reschedule and although Dame Kelly still intends to fulfil the commitment it seems unlikely now that it will be this year. So, unfortunately we have decided to draw a line and return ticket money to those people still holding on. It seemed unfair to continue to hold onto it any longer.


If we do eventually put a date in the diary our members and subscribers will hear first and have the opportunity to rebook. Our apologies to all who did buy tickets and thank you for your patience.




If you booked through Eventbrite, we have automatically refunded to the account you paid with.



If you booked at Winstone’s you should return your tickets there for a cash refund or you can send them to Sherborne Literary Society c/o Abbots Fee, Greenhill, Sherborne DT9 4EP enclosing either your bank account details for a bank transfer or a self addressed envelope (no need for a stamp) for a cheque. Please ensure you also enclose your email address so that we can easily contact you if there is a query. 


We cannot refund you without the return of the original tickets.


Eventbrite e-ticket via Tourist Information Office


If you booked at the (now demised) Sherborne Tourist Information Office please contact us at We will endeavour to contact ticket holders but in some cases only have a name and no contact details.


We cannot process an automatic refund. We will need bank details to make a bank transfer or we can send a cheque as above.


Alison Weir

Elizabeth of York

The Last White Rose

Weds 6th July

The Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm

Refreshments will be available

Alison Weir is the biggest-selling female historian in the UK and the fifth overall. The Sunday Times best-selling author of the Six Tudor Queens series returns with a captivating new novel, the first of a trilogy spanning three generations of the Tudor dynasty. The spellbinding story of Elizabeth of York as a mother, a survivor, and the first Tudor queen.

Eldest daughter of the royal House of York, Elizabeth dreams of a crown to call her own.