Bridport Literary Festival is celebrating another vintage year, with crowds flocking to seven days of events.

There were sell-out audiences for the 18th annual festival, featuring a variety of talks on a range of subjects.

Events took place at Bridport Electric Palace, The Bull Hotel, Sladers Yard, The Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport Library and Symondsbury Tithe Barn.

Director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart said: "It was a terrific festival, the BridLit team worked really hard this year and I would like to thank all of them, our speakers, sponsors, venues, helpers and supporters and the lovely audiences we had throughout the week."

Among the guests was politician Lord David Owen speaking to John Dean about Ukraine and the war's impact on the rest of the west.

Former Foreign Secretary Lord Owen has recently written a book detailing 200 years of British-Russian relations, whilst John Dean, a Bridport resident, is a keen military historian after serving as a career soldier for 30 years.

Author and activist George Monbiot, in conversation with Samantha Knights, signposted all the reasons our planet is imploding, with a revolutionary vision of a future for food and humanity.

Broadcasting legend Alan Titchmarsh was also in attendance, giving a heart-warming talk about his life in the industry.

Other prominent speakers included Maggie O'Farrell, Melvyn Bragg, Joanna Quinn and Hugh-Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Tanya said: "Unfortunately, the weather was capricious but the week ended in sunshine and it was good to see Bridport bustling with book lovers and book buyers.

"The Bookshop in South Street kept everyone feasting on literature, and Kitson & Trotman, our main sponsors, as ever, helped to make this year's festival a success."

Jeremy Bowen's talk on his book, The Making of the Modern Middle East, was unable to take place as he was still in Ukraine reporting on the war for the BBC.

The talk will be rescheduled for early in the New Year.

The festival also joined forces with Bridport's Bank of Dreams and Nightmares, a new charity which encourages local children and young people to fire up their imaginations and write.

Every day a new film was uploaded to, featuring readings by the students themselves.