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The 19th Bridport Literary Festival is scheduled for Sunday 5th – Saturday 11th November 2023.  In it we bring you an exciting and varied programme which takes place at venues all across town and as always, we hope there is something to appeal to all members of our community and beyond, in a celebration for all those who read books and love literature.

Browse our website for all the details, or download the brochure, and keep an eye on social media and the news page for extra information on many of our events. We look forward to welcoming Friends and Supporters old and new to enjoy this wonderful week of literary offerings which create a welcome buzz throughout Bridport as the nights draw in.

Download our brochure, which has all the information.

TANYA BRUCE-LOCKHART – Festival Director

The Bridport Literary Festival is now in its 19th year and goes from strength to strength, hosting a programme of events featuring an eclectic cast of writers of fiction and non-fiction as well as emerging talents. The Festival was spawned originally from the international Bridport Prize, founded in 1973, to encourage and reward writers of short stories and poetry.   Tanya’s vision for The Bridport Literary  Festival has always been to welcome writers to  talk on a myriad of subjects  which stimulate, intrigue and entertain audiences who read books, love literature and wish to engage with authors. The Festival takes place annually and has become a firm fixture in the West Dorset calendar for November.

Bridlit Bursaries

Bridport Literary Festival Bursary for Year 13 Students

The Bridport Literary Festival would like to invite students in Year 13 who are planning to progress to university, to apply for the Bridlit Bursary which will allow the 2 successful candidates £3,000 a year for each year of their three-year degree course.

The Bridlit Bursary is open to any Year 13 student resident in the Bridport ward of the Dorset Council or who attends the Beaminster Colfox joint sixth form and who has applied or who intends to apply for an undergraduate course beginning in 2023. In order to be considered for one of the two bursaries available, they should complete the application form.

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Bridport Literary Festival 2020 Highlights

Welcome to the Bridport Literary Festival. A short glimpse into BridLit’s place as part of this wonderful town, with highlights from the 2020 festival. Credit Isaac Maccy.

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