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november 2018

10nov10:00 amBridport Literary FestivalSaturday 10th November Events


Event Details

Event 33. Our Place – Mark Cocker 

in conversation with James Crowden

The Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk

Mark Cocker is one of our greatest and most distinguished nature writers as well as being an environmental activist and conservationist. Our Place is a radical examination of Britain’s relationship with the land. Environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain, but where did ‘green’ ideas come from and who created the cherished institutions such as the National Trust and RSPB. Cocker’s book looks at the future as well as exploring the past, examining special places that embody the history of conservation.He also attempts to solve a puzzle: why do the British seem to love their countryside more than any other nation, yet they live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on earth. He also maps out how our overcrowded island could be a place made  fit for human occupants as well as its billions of wild ‘citizens’.

Time: 10.00am

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Venue: The Electric Palace


Event 34. All The Queen’s Corgis – Penny Junor

in conversation with Susannah Simons

Writer and broadcaster, Penny Junor , is the author of many best selling biographies of members of the British Royal Family.  She was at school with Princess Anne and has always been close to the Windsors and trusted by them.

Her biographies include the Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales and her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry

and last year she published a portrait of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.  As a Royal insider, Penny’s  conversation with Susannah will be revealing and surprising and very much more than about the Royal corgis.

Time: 12noon

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Venue: The Electric Palace


Event 35. The World of Prue Leith – Prue Leith 

in conversation with Val Hudson

Prue Leith is a stellar polymath who has been at the top of the British food scene for nearly 60 years. She excels at everything – teaching, writing, judging and generally communicating. She has seen huge success not only as Founder of the renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine, but also as a caterer, restaurateur, tv cook, food journalist, novelist and cookery book author. She has been a leading figure in campaigns to improve food in schools and hospitals as well as in the home and she is now the superstar judge on The Great British Menu and the nation’s favourite tv programme The Great British Bake Off. Prue gives an unparalleled view into life and style.

Time: 2.30pm

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Venue: The Electric Palace


Event 36. My Alphabet A Life from A to Z – Nick Hewer 

in conversation with Susannah Simons

Nick Hewer has undoubtedly joined the ranks of National Treasure and his memoir: My Alphabet is a brilliantly amusing and evocative journey through the A to Z of his life. Born in Wiltshire, Nick ran a highly successful PR company before being recruited by Alan Sugar as one of his closest advisors to work with him on his TV series: The Apprentice. He has since hosted the popular Countdown series for Channel 4. With a wry sense of humour and an astute insight, Nick reveals all including chapters on Frights, The Queen, Nicotine and Underwear!

Time: 4.30pm

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Venue: The Electric Palace


Event 37. Running Free – Robin Knox-Johnston

in conversation with Paul Heiney

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston burst to fame when he became the first man ever to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world on 22 April 1969. Fifty years on from that famous voyage, he reveals in Running Free the true, extraordinary story of his voyage through life and his second solo circumnavigation in 2007 – at the age of 68, making him the oldest to complete the feat. His insatiable appetite for living and adventure shines through as he reveals how joining the Royal Naval Reserve and serving in the Merchant Navy led to a life at sea and some remarkable exploits of derring-do.

Time: 6.30pm

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Venue: The Electric Palace




(Saturday) 10:00 am



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Box Office01308 424901 Bridport Tourist Information, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF

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