Humphries Kirk co-sponsors the launch of the Dorchester Literary Festival

Leading Dorset and Somerset law firm, Humphries Kirk, co-sponsored the Dorchester Literary Festival launch event on Friday 5 October at Duke’s Fine Art Auctioneers.

Humphries Kirk co-sponsored the launch event for the fourth year in a row, this time with Langham Estate Wine. The launch kick-started a series of speaker events taking place from October 17 to 21 in Dorchester.

L-R: Chris Keenan (Humphries Kirk), Emma Howard (Langham Estate Wine), Paul Atterbury (Dorchester Literary Festival Director), Janet Gleeson (Dorchester Literary Festival Director). Photo: Peter Yendell

The festival is a celebration of the written word and will provide festival-goers with the opportunity to hear stimulating talks and discussions by leading authors in a relaxed setting. Dorchester is rich in literary associations, having inspired British writers including T. E. Lawrence, Ian McEwan and Thomas Hardy.

In addition to co-sponsoring the launch event, the firm is also proudly sponsoring two events during the festival, with authors James Le Fanu and Joanna Trollope. Other authors at this year’s festival include Mark Billingham, Lynne Truss, Julian Fellowes and Miranda Seymour.

James Le Fanu’s talk takes place at 1pm on Wednesday October 17 at Duke’s Galleries and will provide an eye-opening account entitled ‘Too Many Pills’ and will discuss whether too much medicine can be a danger.

Humphries Kirk is also sponsoring Joanna Trollope’s talk, which takes place on Saturday October 20 at 6pm at the Corn Exchange. Joanna will be talking about her latest novel ‘An Unsuitable Match.’ She has been writing for over thirty years and is the author of numerous best-selling contemporary novels.

Chris Keenan, partner at Humphries Kirk, delivered the speech at the launch event and commented: “It was great to see so many people turnout to support the launch event of the Dorchester Literary Festival on Friday. The festival is an event in the calendar that we always look forward to and it is such an asset to the town.

“Humphries Kirk has been situated in the county town for many years and so we are delighted to be involved with the festival once again.”

Janet Gleeson, director of the Dorchester Literary Festival, added: “We are honoured that Humphries Kirk have returned to provide such generous support to the festival, which has now become a firmly established event in Dorchester’s cultural calendar.”

Humphries Kirk has offices in Bournemouth, Parkstone, Poole, Swanage, Wareham, Dorchester, Crewkerne as well as London and has an international network of lawyers.

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Talks take place throughout the festival at a selection of venues. Standard tickets are priced at £10 per event and can be bought from