Saturday 11th November

Event 30

The Earth and I

James Lovelock

James Lovelock is an independent and much revered scientist and originator of the Gaia Theory which considers the Earth a living and evolving system striving to regulate itself so that contemporary life can flourish. Cited as one of the world’s top 100 intellectuals James Lovelock has edited The Earth and I to encourage holistic understanding - a tool kit for the future. Across 12 chapters, with contributions from other serious thinkers and academics including quantum physicist Lisa Randall, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel and Bryan Appleyard, the acclaimed writer and journalist, the book seeks to take in both the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet. Human beings are extraordinary creatures and have adapted to become the most important species on earth but this lofty position comes with responsibility and possibility – who we are, how we live and where we might be going.

Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to
Common Ground, the West Dorset environmental-arts charity.

In conversation with Bryan Appleyard

Time: 11.00 am

Tickets: £12

Venue: The Electric Palace

Sponsored by:
Marcia Astor, Diana & Robert Clarke

Event 31

Istanbul

Bettany Hughes

Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster has put together an epic new biography based on meticulous research gathered over a decade. Istanbul: a city of three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and as a place and has always been the gateway between East, West, North and South, serving as the capital of Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. Hughes takes us on a dazzling illustrated journey through Istanbul’s many incarnations, exploring how its influence has shaped the wider world and reveals the stories that have created it from its very beginnings.

In conversation with Jason Goodwin

Time: 2.30 pm

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Electric Palace

Sponsored by: Tim Clarke

Illustrated Talk

Event 32

The Rise of
the Outsiders

Steve Richards

Steve Richards is an award-winning political commentator and journalist writing for The Guardian and The Independent. He presents BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular guest on BBC1’s Sunday Politics. The Rise of the Outsiders is a landmark book providing a penetrating analysis of the biggest political story of the last 50 years. He argues that despite charismatic outsiders dominating the headlines, the real answers lie in the failure of the mainstream to evolve in a world still suffering from the fallout of the financial crash of 2008. Exploring factors from globalisation and a changing media to rising immigration and stagnant wages, confidence in conventional politics and politicians is at al all time low. The talk is guaranteed to be wide ranging, informative and controversial.

Time: 4.30 pm

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Electric Palace

Event 33

Leaf By Niggle

Puppet State

Based on a lesser-known short story by JRR Tolkein. Leaf by Niggle tells of an artist - Niggle - living in a society that does not value art. Puppet State uses Tolkein’s words to illustrate Niggle’s world in this delightful piece of story-telling – a hugely popular success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Niggle is obsessed by one particular painting of a landscape that grows ever bigger. The story is often seen as an allegory of Tolkein’s own creative process and life working on his epic Lord of the Rings. Surrounded by ladders, bicycles, easels and heirlooms Richard Medrington recounts the great man’s miniature masterpiece.

Time: 5.00 pm

Tickets: Adult £10, Children £6

Tickets from the Bridport Arts Centre Box Office:
01308 424204 or in person from the BearKat Bistro at
The Lyric Theatre

Venue: The Lyric Theatre

Sponsored by: The Bridport Literary Festival