The 10th Bridport Literary Festival was a vintage year in which there was much to celebrate.  With sell-out events including those with scientist James Lovelock CBE, award winning writer Helen Macdonald, garden design guru Sir Roy Strong and national treasure Alan Johnson. 2014 was memorable for its diversity and audiences felt entertained, intrigued and enlightened.


Plans are now fully underway for this year’s 11th Bridport Literary Festival and dates are confirmed for Sunday 8 through to Sunday 15 November 2015. Events include a day of talks to commemorate Waterloo and there will be an eclectic mix of speakers throughout the week to appeal to all ages – including the very  young – and all tastes. The Bull Hotel Bridport ( will again be the centre of our activities as will the fabulous Electric Palace ( and Sladers Yard Gallery and Café at West Bay ( We are delighted that this year we will also be holding several events at The Seaside Boarding House ( set up on the cliffs at
Burton Bradstock with glorious panoramic views of Lyme Bay and the Chesil Beach and a
glamorous restaurant.


We would again like to thank our main Sponsors, Waterstones and Kitson & Trotman, solicitors and all our Sponsors and Donors for their support.


This year we are thrilled to announce our new enterprise:

The Friends of The Bridport Literary Festival

We have long been encouraged to host a Society which brings together all those who enjoy reading and love literature and who continue to support the Festival and wish to do so throughout the year.


The Friends will give vital support to the Festival organisers to attract writers of excellence of both fiction and non-fiction and encourage them to West Dorset to talk about
their work.


The Friends will receive the following benefits:



Annual Individual Membership:                                           £15

Annual Membership for couples at the same address:       £25


For an application form please click here.


Please apply to: Deirdre Coates - Chairman of the Friends

                           Chideock Manor,



                           DT6 6LF


Or email to:


Cheques payable to: The Friends of the Bridport Literary Festival