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november 2018

11nov12:00 pmBridport Literary FestivalSunday 11th November Events


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Event 38. The Glass Aisle – Paul Henry & Brian Briggs

Set on a stretch of the Monmouthshire – Brecon Canal, this stunning long poem with songs is a collaboration between two major talents in poetry and music: poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter and Stornaway front man Brian Briggs. With songs composed ‘out of a poem’, and brought to life in Brian Briggs’ clear tenor voice, this work breaks down the borders between the poem and the song lyric while offering a timeless, affecting elegy to the displaced. Two presences loom in the poem: Marconi, who conducted his experiments for radio on this particular part of the canal, and an old union workhouse now converted into houses. The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy writes: ‘In this virtuoso new collection Paul Henry, poacher-like, tracks the journeys of the heart through landscape, love and loss.’

Time: 12noon

Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets

Venue: Sladers Yard, West Bay


Event: 39 Arnhem – Antony Beevor

in conversation with Barney White-Spunner

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany’s parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. From his balcony above the flat landscape of Holland, he watched the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd divisions and witnessed the massive demonstration of paratroop power. Operation Market Garden was the bold concept of Field Marshall Montgomery to end the war by capturing bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous and, above all, for the Dutch who risked everything to help. The British fascination for heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Award winning military historian Antony Beevor, with access to new sources, has reconstructed the terrible reality of what was to be known as ‘The Last German Victory’.

Time: 3.00pm

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Venue: The Electric Palace


(Sunday) 12:00 pm



Various Locations


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

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