A NEW trail has launched offering lovers of literature a whole new perspective of Bridport.

Ahead of this weekend’s Bridport Book Fest people can now hear local and regional authors reading from their work on a smartphone as you wander around the town.

New media company Satsymph has created the GPS trail and eight authors have recorded short excerpts from their books for people to hear on location.

Ralph Hoyte, from the company has placed the excerpts in ‘soundpools’ which you can find by walking around. All you need to is download the free app to your smartphone.

The book trail will be available for three months so there is plenty of time to get involved. The ‘soundpools’ link up to make a trail.

Earlier this year, Satsymph worked with the South Dorset Ridgeway to create two poetry parks – one at Maiden Castle in Dorchester and the other at Eggardon Hill – based on a similar concept.

The new trail starts at the tennis courts opposite West Street Car Park on the other side of the River Brit, goes down to Palmers Brewery, then winds back up the River Asker, to St Mary’s, then along South Street, East Street and up to Coneygar Hill.

Chris Legg, Bridport Book Fest organiser said: “This is shaping up to be an exciting and innovative event and it’s great that we can take writers work and bring those locations to life. It really is mixing the old with the new and I really hope the people of Bridport get behind this fundraiser for the Children’s Hospice South West. 

“I would like to thank Ralph and his team for putting this together and Gillingham’s IFA and the Bridport Book Shop for their welcome contributions.”

Mr Legg is running the festival, which will be held at the Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday (DEC2) in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

It’s free to enter and everyone is welcome to take a browse and talk to local authors.

To download the free app and for further information visit satsymph.co.uk/projects-and-events/bridport-book-fest