Thursday 9th November

Event 20


Charles Allen

Coromandel was the name given by European traders to India’s south-eastern seaboard. Indian history tends to focus on northern India, but acclaimed historian Charles Allen journeys south, exploring the less well-known, often neglected and very different history and identity of the oldest India. This is a traveller’s tale which moves through contemporary India to discover as much about the present as about the past. Allen explores the astonishing Buddhist and Jain civilisations that flourished before Hinduism became the established religion. A thrilling journey of discovery..

Time: 10.00 am

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Bullroom

Sponsored by: Sophie & Johnnie Boden

Event 21


Barney White-Spunner

The partition of India was both the realization of a dream and the start of a nightmare; a story which combines excitement and ambition with terrible violence, bitterness and death, played out by an extraordinary cast of characters, who have heroic, almost mythical status, and who continue to enthrall. The decisions and mistakes of 1947 still dictate events and influence lives today, both globally and for the Indian and Pakistani populations of home and in the diaspora. Barney White-Spunner gives a fascinating illustrated talk to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the creation of Pakistan.

Time: 11.30 am

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom

Sponsored by: Francesca Radcliffe

Illustrated Talk

Event 22

Patronizing Bastards

Quentin Letts

British journalist and author, Parliamentary sketch writer and theatre critic Quentin Letts has written a controversial and wonderfully witty assessment of those people whom he feels ‘know best’. Considered by the writer as ‘snooterati’ with their faux-liberal attitudes and dubious morals, their downfall is largely of their own making – their Sybaratic excesses, obsession with political correctness and exploitation and condescension of the underdog equip them as Patronizing Bastards. Quentin Letts has fun in naming names!

Time: 2.30 pm

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom

Sponsored by: Trish Reed

Event 23

The Music Shop

Rachel Joyce

Best-selling author, Rachel Joyce, is best known for her prize-winning The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and its companion piece The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey. Her latest novel The Music Shop is about how to listen and how to feel and about second chances. Its 1988, the CD has arrived! Frank owns a music shop which is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre – classical, jazz, pop – as long as its vinyl, he sells it. He attracts the lonely, the sad and the sleepless and finds the music they need – until Ilse Brauchmann walks into his life in her pea-green coat!

In conversation with Val Hudson

Time: 4.30 pm

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Bull Hotel - Ballroom

Event 24

To Catch a King

Charles Spencer

Historian Charles Spencer’s new book is the adventure story of the young Charles II running for his life, a vast price on his head, to escape the men who had killed his father. He is pursued by them in order for all traces of Monarchy in Britain to finish. In this gripping, action-packed true story – some of which is set in this part of West Dorset – Spencer uses Pepy’s account (to whom Charles II retold his adventures) and many others to chart this epic narrataive. Protected by the support of Catholic helpers in the face of lethal persecution by Protestant forces, Charles II survived and secured the Monarchy.

Time: 6.30 pm

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Electric Palace

Sponsored by:
Sue & John Bradbury, Adam Tindall

Event 25

The Postman Poet

Liz Shakespeare
Nick Wyke
Becki Driscoll

Edward Capern composed poetry and songs whilst walking the Devon lanes on his post round in the nineteenth century. Author Liz Shakespeare has published a novel, The Postman Poet, based on his life and collaborated with musicians Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, resulting in a CD The Songs of Edward Capern. All three will bring Capern vividly back to life with this delightfully vibrant entertainment of words and music followed by a super supper at Soulshine – BridLit’s latest venue.

Time: 7.00 pm

Tickets: £10 / £25* (*includes supper)

Venue: Soulshine Cafe

Sponsored by: Soixante