The Festival: 3rd - 9th November 2019 | Tickets: 01308 424901|bridport.tic@bridport-tc.gov.uk

Saturday 9th November

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  • Inspired by the poetry and paintings of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris from their award winning book: The Lost Words, local writer and story-teller Martin Maudsley has gathered together and brought to life a series of Lost Stories. Featuring plants and animals from the Macfarlane/Morris book, as well as other nature words that were removed from the Oxford Children’s Dictionary, Martin has woven together traditional tales and local legends from around the world. Children will be thrilled and delighted by live story-telling and wonderful imagery – and so will adults!

    When: Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 9.30 am
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Tickets: £2 Per child and £5 Per Adult - Suitable for all ages
  • Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp Experiment’, a pioneering re-wilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife.  Part enthralling memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is considered to be one the landmark ecological books of the decade. Forced to accept that intensive farming at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella and her husband made a spectacular leap of faith, deciding to let nature take over.  Free-roaming animals over 3,500 acres has seen huge increases in wildlife numbers over a decade.

    When: Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 11.30 am
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Georgia Langton | John and Ros Senior
  • Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. With fierce compassion and honesty, she reported from the most dangerous places in the world, fractured by conflict and genocide. In Sri Lanka in 2001, she was hit by a grenade and lost the sight in her left eye – resulting in her trademark eye patch – and in 2012 she was killed in Syria. Fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum has written the story of the most daring war reporter of her generation.

    This event is in memory of David Hugh Prysor-Jones – a valued member of the BridLit Festival team from the beginning. For many years he was a renowned international journalist and broadcaster for the BBC and beyond.

    When: Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 2.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Anthony and Valerie Barker | Barry and Islay Mawhinney
  • David Nicholls is one of the UK’s most successful writers with an incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince all at the same time. Its ten years since his award winning novel: One Day, the iconic love story for a generation, became an international publishing phenomenon. There followed US, an equally beguiling story, and now Sweet Sorrow – a poignant, funny and life-changing story of one summer. Charlie is the kind of boy you don’t remember from school. His exams  were disappointing and at home he is the carer for his father. He views his future with dread. Then along comes Fran Fisher and she changes everything. David is also a screenwriter and winner of this year’s BAFTA award for his adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s Philip Melrose quintet of novels for tv. Other highlights have included his adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd and Great Expectations as well as adapting his earlier novels as feature films: Starter for Ten and One Day. Lots to talk about.

    When: Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 5.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Rachel and Alan James | Rosi and Clive de Ruig
  • Award winning political commentator, columnist, journalist and broadcaster Steve Richards is considered to be one of the most respected, influential and talented interpreters of the Westminster scene. His popular podcast: Rock ‘N Roll Politics has now become an acclaimed One Man Show and he is a regular political pundit on various television and radio programmes. Steve likes to involve the audience with interactive dialogue and exchanges. His new book: The Prime Ministers: Reflections on Leadership is a landmark history of the men and women - from Heath to May -who have defined the UK’s role in the modern world.  At a time of unprecedented political upheaval, Steve analyses who leads and who doesn’t and why, and brilliantly brings to life the inhabitants of 10 Downing Street over the past fifty years. Has our new Prime Minister got the the essential leadership skills to face the future?

    When: Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Johnnie Boden