Monday 6th November

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  • Jim Down -  Life in the Balance - A Doctor’s Stories of Intensive Care

    Life in the Balance offers a glimpse into the immense challenges and rewards of intensive care medicine, the effects on doctors’ mental health and the fragility of life. In these stories, Dr Jim Down brings us to the very heart of the intensive care unit. Down describes with equal honesty, humility and humour, the quietly heroic work of doctors and nurses on the ICU, a place which sits at the cutting edge of medical technology and where split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death.

    An illustrated talk Introduced by Ros Huxley
    When: Monday 6th November 2022 @ 10.30 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Francesca Radcliffe
  • Fiona Davison - An Almost Impossible Thing - The Radical Lives of Britain’s Pioneering Women Gardeners

    While working at the Royal Horticultural Society, Fiona Davison discovered a cache of letters from a young gardener who was denied a scholarship by the RHS on the grounds that she was female. Appalled and intrigued, she began to research the wider story of early female professional gardeners during a period when British gardens were an arena for radical and far-reaching experiments. An Almost Impossible Thing is a fascinating insight into the lives of six hitherto little-known women gardeners in the years before WWI.

    An illustrated talk Introduced by Deirdre Coates, Chair of Trustees
    When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 12 noon
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Dorset Walled Garden
  • Georgina Moore and Georgina Maynard - The Garnett Girls and I Will Keep her

    Getting published is of primary importance to any writer. Top publicity guru, Georgina Moore, and portraitist and columnist, Georgina Maynard, had their debut novels published this year. The Garnett Girls is a compelling story of family dynamics and the complexity of human relationships set on the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Wight. I Will Keep Her is a thrilling, action packed adventure with an unexpected twist which erupts from the English countryside to the exotic back streets of Riyadh and across the Saudi Desert.

    In conversation with Boris Starling
    When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 2.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Patrick Gale - Mother's Boy

    Best selling author Patrick Gale brings us a coming of age novel of class, desire and two world wars. Cornish laundress Laura meets her husband in 1914, only to be later widowed with a young child, Charles. As a new war looms, Charles signs up for the navy as a coder. Here he experiences the excitement and terror of a love as clandestine as his work. Gale crafts a complex and tender rendering of the relationship between a dauntless mother and her son.

    This is a book club event and the book purchased from The Bookshop prior to the day of the event will be eligible for a 15% discount.

    In conversation with Sally Laverack
    When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 3.30 pm
    Where: Bridport Arts Centre (NEW VENUE)
    Sponsored by: Harold Carter and Tess Silkstone
  • Alexandra Blanchard & Alex Howlett - Wander Women

    Wander Women unites tales of journeys around the world - from the streets of London to the ruins of Syria, from Calais to Russia - and shines light on the constraints, that mould the lives of women, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. In this moving and reflective book, two journalists gather voices of activists and artists, matriarchs and mothers, politicians and humanitarians, drawing links between the gendering of migration and the policing of gender.

    In conversation with Jo Willett
    When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 5.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Mateo Zielonka, ‘The Pasta Man’ and Instagram sensation, will be at Bridport’s popular Mercato Italiano to give a talk, with recipes from his latest book Pasta Masterclass. He’ll demonstrate techniques of pasta making which appeal to any level from absolute beginners to more accomplished cooks and pasta aficionados. With his colourful and patterned doughs and easy manner, Mateo will inspire you to try any or all of his new ideas at home.

    £15 - 3 Taster Dishes Talk and pasta demonstration
    When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: Mercato Italiano


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