The 10th Bridport Literary Festival

Sunday 9 – Sunday 16 November

The Bridport Literary Festival welcomes all those who read books and love literature.

We celebrate our tenth year with a programme of events which we hope is even more varied and eclectic than ever before in order to lighten up the gloomy days of November. Writers of fiction and non fiction will intrigue, enlighten and entertain audiences who are encouraged to engage in discussion on subjects of all kinds in venues all around the town.

This year’s Speakers include:

Sir Roy Strong with an illustrated talk about: The Remaking of a Garden – The Laskett Transformed

Jonathan Powell in conversation with Andrew Rutherford about his hard hitting new book: Talking with Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts

Graham Fawcett with a talk about the poet WH Auden

Alan Johnson MP in conversation with Christian Tyler about the second part of his memoir: Please, Mr. Postman

Felix Francis in conversation with Jason Webster about his latest thriller: Damage

John Carey, the eminent literary critic, in conversation with Howard Davies about his memoir: The Unexpected Professor

Charles Spencer with an illustrated talk about: Killers of the King – the Men who Dared Execute Charles I

James Lovelock, the distinguished independent scientist and futurist, in conversation with Bryan Appleyard about his latest theories: A Rough Ride to the Future

Jung Chang with an illustrated talk about her latest book: The Empress Dowager Cixi

NB Full details of our programme of events will be on our website at the end of September and advance booking can be made from October through the Bridport TIC Tel: 01308 424 901

We are delighted that The Bull Hotel ( and the Stable Bar ( are again the centre of our activities and we would like to thank Fullers Brewery and their team together with Richard and Nikki Cooper and their team for all their generosity and enthusiasm and for allowing us to use their glamorous Ballroom and intimate Hayloft for many of our events.

We would also like to add our appreciation to Peter Hitchin at the Electric Palace ( for his support and Anna Powell at Sladers Yard Gallery and Café ( for hosting several events. Our thanks also to the team at the Bridport Arts Centre ( and Arthur Watson and his staff at The Riverside ( for providing excellent venues.

Our main sponsors: Waterstones ( and Kitson & Trotman, solicitors ( continue to encourage and support the Festival as do all our Sponsors and Donors and we thank them all for their generosity and enthusiasm.

Everyone associated with the Bridport Literary Festival is passionate about literature and we want to share this passion with you.

Tanya Bruce-Lockhart - Festival Director

Tanya Bruce-Lockhart

Festival Director

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