Bridport Literary Festival
Friday 10th November
War and the Death of News
Martin Bell has travelled through war zones, both as a soldier and a journalist. From Vietnam to Bosnia to Iraq, he has witnessed first-hand the dramatic changes in how conflicts are fought and how they are reported. Both he and fellow war correspondent, Kate Adie, have seen truth degraded in the name of balance and good taste – grief and pain censored so the viewers are not disturbed. In the age of international terror, they themselves have become targets and increasingly reports are made from the sidelines. The dominance of social media has ushered in a post-truth world. Twitter rumours and unverifiable videos abound and television news seeks to entertain rather than inform. Martin Bell and Kate Adie have much to talk about and share their observations of fake news and all that it engenders.
In conversation with Kate Adie
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: The Electric Palace
Sponsored by: John & Felicity Fairbairn
The Great Storm of 1987 is etched firmly in the national memory. Everyone who was there that night remembers how hurricane force winds struck southern Britain without warning, claiming eighteen lives, uprooting more than fifteen million trees and reshaping the landscape for future generations. Thirty years on, and triggered by the discovery of an old photograph, poet and author Tamsin Treverton-Jones is inspired to make a journey into that landscape. In the tradition of English writing about our relationship with the natural world, she weaves her own experiences with those of fishermen, lighthouse keepers, rough sleepers and refugees to create a unique portrait of this extraordinary event and a moving exploration of legacy and loss.
In conversation with James Crowden
Time: 2.30 pm
Venue: The Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Prue & Howard Davies
Arguably Britain’s greatest mountaineer, whose career has spanned six decades of climbing peaks, across all continents, Chris Bonington started climbing at the age of sixteen and it has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna, and reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985. His memoir charts his journey from a childhood with a love of the outdoors to his term in the Army and his subsequent life of adventure. It is a narrative of what it takes to conquer fear and survive against the odds. It is also a very personal account of a long and devoted marriage and loss and then finding love again in his twilight years.
In conversation with Luke Hughes, Chair of the Mount Everest Foundation