Poetry Plus - Autumn Anthology

7 pm for 7.30 pm start Raleigh Hall

22 Nov 2019

£5 each (including a glass of wine and canapés) from Winstone's Bookshop

A members' evening for you to bring a poem of your choice, or even one you have written yourself, for you or a member of the team to read. Please send offers to Mark Greenstock ( by the end of October. The poem can be on any topic but should be no more than 2-3 minutes long, including the introduction. The selectors' decision is final!

This will take place in the Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL, starting at 7.30 pm on 22nd November 2019 (doors open at 7 pm). Tickets (£5) are available from Winstone's Bookshop or, if still available, on the door and include a glass of wine with canapés.

Festival Plus Event - Andrew Lownie

The Mountbattens - Their Lives and Loves

07 Dec 2019

Tickets £9/£10 Sherborne TIC, Winstone's Bookshop and online

7pm at Digby Memorial Hall in Digby Road


The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves by Andrew Lownie

Published 22nd August 2019 to tie in with the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Mountbatten

Andrew Lownie was a very popular speaker at the 2015 Festival when he spoke about Stalin's Englishman (Guy Burgess the spy).

This is an account of an unusual marriage which, whilst beset with infidelities, was also a loving and mutually supportive one. It also reveals much new information on many of the controversies of Mountbatten’s career from the disastrous 1942 Dieppe Raid to the rapid transfer of power in India in 1947 as well as his murder in 1979.

Andrew Lownie says: “Though both Dickie and Edwina have had individual official biographies many years ago, this is the first joint biography and is based on extensive research not just in their own private papers but also archive collections around the world, interviews with dozens of people who knew them closely and Freedom of Information requests on both sides of the Atlantic.  What I found surprised me and gives a very different picture of the couple and their relationship than in previous books.”

He has written for numerous papers and magazines, including the Times, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Spectator, New Statesman, The Age, Wall Street Journal, BBC History Magazine, History Today and Scotland on Sunday.

Festival Plus Event - Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis - Explorer

04 Feb 2020

Tickets £5/£6 Sherborne TIC, Winstone's Bookshop and online

Jason Lewis is an English award-winning author, explorer and sustainability campaigner credited with being the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human power. He is also the first person to cross North America on in-line skates (1996), and the first to cross the Pacific Ocean by pedal power (2000). Together with Stevie Smith, Lewis completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power (1995). Jason joins us to talk about his adventures, his life and his Expedition Trilogy.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH “Lewis is an engaging and polished public speaker with an excellent ear for a story. His achievements are undoubtedly remarkable but his message is not solely one of adventure. He is a committed environmentalist who speaks lucidly about “the impact of humans on Earth”. Having spent months alone at sea, entirely self-sufficient on his boat, he argues that our planet could be compared to a lone vessel in the vast ocean of the universe. Mankind’s challenge, he stated, is to survive within finite means, for the alternative is disastrous.” —Rupert Hawksley

This event will take place at the Quarr Hall at the Gryphon School, Bristol Road,  Sherborne DT9 4EQ starting at 7 pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

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