A Very Special Literary Event

hosted by The Friends of the Bridport Literary Festival

Hosted by writer and poet, James Crowden


Monday 16 April at 2.30pm


We are delighted that our first Special Event for the Friends in 2018 is devoted to Eric Ravilious: his Family and Friends based on three recently published books. Firstly, Art Historian and Exhibition Curator, Andy Friend’s fascinating biography of the circle of British interwar artists and designers Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship tells the collective story of Ravilious and his fellow artists including Edward Bawden, Paul Nash, Enid Marx and Tirzah Garwood. Secondly, Ravilious’s son, James Ravilious, a superlative photographer, whose work is captured in a new book: The Recent Past – a volume of exquisite photographs of rural Devon and lastly James Ravilious: A Memoir written by his wife Robin Ravilious.


At 2.30 pm Andy Friend will give an intriguing illustrated talk about Eric Ravilious who has come to be recognised as one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Painter, designer, book illustrator, wood engraver and war artist - Ravilious ‘s sudden death 75 years ago has triggered an intriguing narrative of creative achievement and demonstrates the extent to which Ravilious and his fellow artists were comparable in impact to the Bloomsbury Group.


There will be a Refreshment Break when Friends are invited to meet Andy.


The second half of the afternoon will feature an illustrated talk by Robin Ravilious about the photography of her late husband, James, and his unique talent in capturing the fast vanishing traditional life of rural Devon. Robin and Andy will then join together in conversation with James Crowden about the importance and influence of father and son whose work continues to captivate and enthral.



Monday16 April at 2.30pm - 5.00pm

at The Bridport Arts Centre, South Street,
Bridport DT6 3NR


Tickets are £15 to include refreshments


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Bridport Literary Festival Charity Number: © The Bridport Literary Festival Charity No: 1147075


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