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november 2019

09nov9:30 am11:50 pmBridport Literary Festival: Saturday 09 NovemberDay 7 of the Festival


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The 15th Bridport Literary Festival welcomes all those who read books and love literature

Sunday 3rd – Saturday 09 November 2019

The Bridport Literary Festival,  an independent charity, has equally grown in reputation and stature
and we welcome writers and audiences from all over the country to enjoy an eclectic programme of
events  which attracts those of all tastes and interests.

Day 7. Saturday 09 November


Event 35. Martin Maudsley

The Lost Stories

9:30am at the Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

£2.00 per child / £5.00 per adult

Inspired by the poetry and paintings of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris from their award winning book: The Lost Words, local writer and story-teller Martin Maudsley has gathered together and brought to life a series of Lost Stories. Featuring plants and animals from the Macfarlane/Morris book, as well as other nature words that were removed from the Oxford Children’s Dictionary, Martin has woven together traditional tales and local legends from around the world. Children will be thrilled and delighted by live story-telling and wonderful imagery – and so will adults!

Event 36. Isabella Tree

Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm

11:30am at the Electric Palace, South Street DT6 3NY


Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp Experiment’, a  pioneering re-wilding project in West Sussex, using freeroaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part enthralling memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is considered to be one the landmark ecological books of the decade. Forced to accept that intensive farming unsustainable, Isabella and her husband made a spectacular leap of faith, deciding to let nature take over. Free-roaming animals over 3,500 acres has seen huge increases in wildlife numbers over a decade.

Event 37. Lindsey Hilsum

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

2pm at the Electric Palace, South Street DT6 3NY


Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. With fierce compassion and honesty, she reported from the most dangerous places in the world, fractured by conflict and genocide. In Sri Lanka in 2001, she was hit by a grenade and lost the sight in her left eye – resulting in her trademark eye patch – and in 2012 she was killed in Syria. Fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum has written the story of the most daring war reporter of her generation.

Event 38. Dr. Lewis Dartnell – Cancelled

Origins: How The Earth Made Us

3:30pm at Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY


When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species, we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Scientist, writer and broadcaster Dr Lewis Dartnell tells the human story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents. Origins reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilization.

Event 39. David Nicholls

Sweet Sorrow

5pm at the Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY


David Nicholls is one of the UK’s most successful writers with an incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince all at the same time. Its ten years since his award winning novel: One Day, the iconic love story for a generation, became an international publishing phenomenon. There followed US, an equally beguiling story, and now Sweet Sorrow – a poignant, funny and life-changing story of one summer. Charlie is the kind of boy you don’t remember from school. His exams were disappointing and at home he is the carer for his father. He views his future with dread. Then along comes Fran Fisher and she changes everything. David is also a screenwriter and winner of this year’s BAFTA award for his adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s Philip Melrose quintet of novels for tv. Other highlights have included his adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd and Great Expectations as well as adapting his earlier novels as feature films: Starter for Ten and One Day. Lots to talk about.

Event 40. Steve Richards

The Prime Ministers: Reflections on Leadership

6:30pm at the Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY


Award winning political commentator, columnist, journalist and broadcaster Steve Richards is considered to be one of the most respected, influential and talented interpreters of the Westminster scene. His popular podcast: Rock ‘N Roll Politics has now become an acclaimed One Man Show and he is a regular political pundit on various television and radio programmes. Steve likes to involve the audience with interactive dialogue and exchanges. His new book: The Prime Ministers: Reflections on Leadership is a landmark history of the men and women – from Heath to May -who have defined the UK’s role in the modern world. At a time of unprecedented political upheaval, Steve analyses who leads and who doesn’t and why, and brilliantly brings to life the inhabitants of 10 Downing Street over the past fifty years. Has our new Prime Minister got the the essential leadership skills to face the future?

Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Doo Square, South Street, DT6 3LF.

Tel No. 01308 424901

or online here



(Saturday) 9:30 am - 11:50 pm


Bridport Literary Festival Box OfficeBridport Tourist Information Centre Bridport Town Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3LF. Tel: 01308 424901

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