Bridport Literary Festival

The Festival was spawned in 2004 from the internationally renowned Bridport Prize, founded in 1973, to raise funds for the fledgling Bridport Arts Centre, a role which it still fulfils to this day. With a reputation for excellence, the Prize attracts entries from across the globe to its four competitive strands in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and for first novel. The Bridport Literary Festival, now an independent charity, has equally grown in reputation and stature and we welcome writers and audiences from all over the country to enjoy an eclectic programme of events which attracts those of all tastes and interests. The dark days of November encourage everyone to listen, read and enjoy books, and the town of Bridport and its closeness to the Jurassic coastline at West Bay bustles with energy throughout the year. Its twice weekly street market and vintage area, together with its feast of eateries and places to stay provide a perfect backcloth to any festival. Bridport is a town with so much to explore and enjoy.

President: Lord Fellowes of West Stafford

Festival Patron: Sir Michael Holroyd CBE

Deirdre Coates – Chairman,
Helen Carless, Kate Hobbs, Rose Joly, Richard King, Venetia Ross Skinner, Philip Sturrock MBE

Patron of the Friends
of the Festival:
Kate Adie CBE

Festival Director: Tanya Bruce-Lockhart

The Team:
Tanya Harley, Margery Hookings, Tom Hughes, Joanna Jacobson, Adrien Munden, Graham Shackleton, Annette Smallwood, Antonia Squire

Interlocutorseam: Celia Brayfield, James Crowden, John Dean, Olivia Glazebrook, Prue Keely ,Paul Lashmar, Sally Laverack, Sam Rose ,Susannah Simons, Boris Starling, Jason Webster, Barney White Spunner, Jo Willett, Jon Woolcott

Tickets: 01308 424901 |

Charity No: 1147075