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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.


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

As we approach the end of the 2021 Autumn programme, events for 2022 are being planned. We very much hope to include the long postponed Dame Kelly Holmes event in that programme.

Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 25th January at which members are encouraged to contribute their thoughts on past events and their ideas for future events. More details to follow.


Our Literary Festival will no longer be concentrated into a few days but will now be spread throughout the year. This will ensure that we provide authors with the opportunity to promote their latest work at the nearest convenient date to publication.

Our other events, Words with Wine (a less formal style of event) and Poetry Plus, will continue to showcase local authors and promote poetry respectively.


Max Hastings on Operation Pedestal

Friday 3rd December
7 pm
at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne
Doors open 6.30 pm

Max Hastings, well known to and very popular with Sherborne audiences, will talk about his fascinating account of the great convoy brought together in 1942 for the relief of the island of Malta. This was an operation devised by Churchill, for whom the loss of Malta was considered totally unacceptable. It was a hugely risky operation against the might of the Axis powers determined not to let the vital supplies through. The battle for control of the Mediterranean depended on the survival of Malta.