Contact the Bridport News with your stories, pictures and video footage. Send us an email
Literary stars line up for ninth festival
SOME of the UK’s top novelists and big names in politics, television and journalism are descending on Bridport for the town’s ninth Literary Festival.
Melvyn Bragg, Kate Adie, Fay Weldon, Roy Hattersley, Peter Snow and Kathy Lette are among the well-known names who will be in town to talk about their books.
Subjects covered during the festival, which runs from November 10 to 17, include the First World War, the search for Richard III’s grave in Leicester and a handbook on the ukulele.
Former MP and cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken will be the guest speaker at the George Millar Literary Dinner at the Bull Hotel on November 12 and he will be talking about his relationship with the late Baroness Thatcher, the subject of his latest biography.
The Kenneth Allsop Memorial Evening on November 15, entitled Fields, Rivers and Bees will be a celebration of the life of the noted broadcaster and champion of conservation who lived near Bridport until his death in 1973.
Lord Bragg will be at the Electric Palace on November 14 talking about his latest novel Grace and Mary, while veteran BBC correspondent Kate Adie will be at the same venue on November 12, telling the story of women in the First World War, the subject of her book Fighting on the Home Front.
Novelist Fay Weldon will be in conversation at The Bull on November 11 about The New Countess, latest in her Love and Inheritance trilogy and comic writer Kathy Lette will be discussing The Boy who Fell to Earth at the Electric Palace on November 16.
Parliamentarian and biographer Roy Hattersley is telling the story of the Cavendish dynasty and the Dukes of Devonshire at the Electric Palace on November 13 while newscaster and historian Peter Snow will speak about the 1814 invasion of Washington that evening.
The festival starts on Remembrance Sunday with two events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.
Festival director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart said: “The Bridport Literary Festival is now in its ninth year and has become a landmark to look forward to in the town's calendar of events.
“November is a notoriously gloomy month and we hope that our lively programme will brighten up the dark days ahead.
“This year we have Melvyn Bragg and Kathy Lette talking about their latest novels – both of which are based on their own very personal experiences. Local writers, Fay Weldon, Robert Twigger, Tilly Culme-Seymour and Kate Adie will be sharing their latest thoughts and observations.
“And for all lovers of the humble ukulele, we have an evening of words and music from Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson – authors of The Ukulele Handbook.”
Full details are available through bridlit.com or in the festival brochure. Ticket sales are through the Bridport tourist information centre on 01308 424901.
Comments are closed on this article.