Wednesday 8th November

Special Event

An entertainment in words & Music

Jonny Fluffypunk
Lauren Taylor
Hugo Lucas Rowe
Dave Young

The Bridport Literary Festival is delighted to include in their programme of events this year an afternoon of creative writing, poetry and song written and performed by talented writers and singers of all ages and abilities from across Dorset – many associated with the highly successful Seen But Seldom Heard project which supports young people with disabilities (

Hosted by the charismatic performance poet Jonny Fluffypunk and presented as part of Bournemouth University’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, the event will celebrate and showcase the marginalised voices research has undertaken to support over the last five years. The entertainment will also include a magical programme of poetry endorsed by Bournemouth University in conjunction with Dorset County Council to help explore and express the ‘kindliness’ in Sheltered Housing schemes and highlighting creative writing developed in workshops hosted in a homeless hostel in Bournemouth.

The programme of voices will be supported by local performing poets from Bridport’s own spoken collective: Apothecary. Participating artists include: Lauren Taylor studied at a music college and after graduating worked part time at Bournemouth University running poetry and music workshops and wrote a significant anti bullying song: Why Did You? This was recorded and posted on social media and gained a huge amount of positive feedback.

Hugo Lucas Rowe recently completed Level 3 BTECH in performing arts and is now making music and studying for a 3 year degree in performing arts at Bournemouth and Poole College. He has just featured in his first show: Pomona.

Dave Young - AKA The Shouting Mute - has been a keen participant in theatre arts since he was 11 and has joined a an integrated youth performance company called Remix and performed ‘Breathe, Battle of the Winds’ at the London Olympics in 2012. A wheelchair user he has excelled at all levels of the performing arts especially as a performance poet.

Time: 2.30 pm
(Parts 1 & 2 are 45 mins with a 15 min break)

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Electric Palace

Event 15


Robert Twigger

The modern world clamours for attention and we shut it out. We are told to specialise rather than have a polymathic interest in things. Yet Nobel prize-winning scientists are 22 times more likely to practise some sort of art or craft than an ordinary academic scientist. Robert Twigger decided to investigate and recapture his childhood and childlike interest in everything. A micromastery can be anything from spinning a basketball on your finger, doing an Eskimo roll or making a perfect daiqueri - a small, contained and perfectable thing; an activity in a box that can lead to greater masteries. Through precise and often simple structures which allow for rapid and better learning, Twigger has found his true path to happiness.

Time: 10.00 am

Tickets: £8

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom

Event 16

The Unfinished Palazzo

Judith Mackrell

Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and the wealth of a great Venetian family, but the project was abandoned with only one storey complete. Empty and decaying, it remained a eyesore on the Grand Canal for over a century. The potential for transformation attracted and inspired three fascinating women who used the Palazzo as a stage on which to re-fashion their lives. Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim each made the building both famous and notorious and Judith Mackrell tells their stories of rebellion, absurd privilege and bold self-reinvention - snapshots of history of modern Venice and the way women chose to live there in the 20th century.

Time: 11.30 am

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom

Sponsored by: Nick Amor

Illustrated Talk

Event 17

The Catholics

Roy Hattersley

Throughout the 300 years that followed the Act of Supremacy – which, by making Henry VIII Head of the Church, confirmed in law the breach with Rome – English Catholics were prosecuted, persecuted and penalised for expressing their Faith. Roy Hattersley has written the first book to tell the whole story and focuses on the lives and deaths, of individual Catholics – martyrs and apostates, priests and laymen, converts and recusants. He describes the laws than dictated their lives, the political tensions and the dangers overcome and how the survival of Catholicism in Britain is the triumph of more than simple faith.

Time: 2.30 pm

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom

Sponsored by: Val & Anthony Pitt-Rivers

Event 18

The Paradoxal Compass

Horatio Morpurgo

Morpurgo successfully campaigned for the first Marine Protected Area of significant size in Lyme Bay in 2008. The West Country was first home to many of the Tudor explorers: including less well known figures like Stephen and William Borough and John Davis as well as the Drakes and Raleighs. Morpurgo’s new book The Paradoxal Compass is both historical narrative and environmental manifesto for saving our oceans from relentless destruction. Over four centuries ago, whales were hunted and killed for their oil. Today, oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean is destroying the sea beds. In his thrilling and alarming approach to history, Morpurgo argues that the Age of Discovery has relevance now as we stand at the edge of marine destruction.

In conversation with Andrew Rutherford

Time: 4.30 pm

Tickets: £8

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom

Event 19

The Strange Death
of Europe

Douglas Murray

The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-destruct and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own change as a society. Douglas Murray discusses the demographic and political realities as well as giving eye-witness reports from across the whole continent. He charts the disappointing failure of multiculturalism and has two visions of a future Europe – one hopeful, one pessimistic. A Europe in crisis. What next?

In conversation with Jason Webster

Time: 6.30 pm

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom