Bridport Literary Festival
Bridport Literary Festival 2017
The 13th Bridport Literary Festival welcomes all those who read books and love literature.
BridLit goes from strength to strength and our programme of events this year has increased substantially to attract even bigger audiences of all tastes and all ages who come to Bridport from all over the country to enjoy literature. An eclectic mix of writers of fiction and non fiction to help banish the November glooms includes Lord Patten in conversation about his memoir: First Confessions and Chris Bonington about his own Ascent. Husband and wife literati, Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn will be with us again as will Peter Snow and his wife Ann MacMillan. Veteran war correspondents Martin Bell and Kate Adie will discuss War and the Death of News and journalists Douglas Murray and Steve Richards will view the current political climate from different viewpoints. There will be much to intrigue, much to illuminate and much to entertain.
This year we are delighted to host several events featuring the talents of local writers who have become energised and inspired by living and working in the West Country. They include: Jason Goodwin, Horatio Morpurgo, Bijan Omrani, Boris Starling and Robert Twigger.
We are again hosting events for children and young people and the Festival is helping sponsor Puppet State’s production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s lesser-known short story: Leaf by Niggle at the Lyric Theatre. We also have a workshop and story-telling event for younger children at the at the Bridport Youth and Community Centre with a Mr Oddy!
We are thrilled that The Oldie Magazine has chosen to evacuate from London and host one of their illustrious Literary Lunches as part of this year’s Festival at the Seaside Boarding House. This is destined to be a hot ticket along with the annual George Millar Literary Dinner at The Bull Hotel with our much revered BridLit President, Julian Fellowes as Guest Speaker.
We launch the Festival with a Very Special Literary Event at the Bridport Arts Centre with national treasure, Billy Bragg talking about his critically acclaimed new book: Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World – we can all remember Lonnie Donegan?