The Festival: 3rd - 9th November 2019 | Tickets: 01308 424901|

Sunday 3rd November

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  • Marking 80 years since the start of WWII, Tim Bouverie gives a compelling reappraisal of one of the most controversial episodes in British history. Appeasing Hitler is the exciting debut of a young historian who sweeps us through a period of history beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. In September 1938, Neville Chamberlain announced that his visit to Hitler had averted a crisis and assured the nation of ‘peace in our time’. A year after returning from Munich, Germany invaded Poland and determined the fate of Europe. Bouverie charters the timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism  - and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 10.00am
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South Sreet, Bridport DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Richard and Liz Strang
  • Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943, was an epic onslaught that has become legendary in Britain’s military history. Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24 year old Wing-Commander who led the raid. In the 21st century, Hastings urges that we should re-evaluate the Dambusters. He vividly describes the evolution of Barnes Wallis’s bomb and the Squadron which broke the dams, and equally portrays in harrowing detail all those swept away by the devastating torrents. The narrative is a dramatic retake of familiar history. £2 of this event is to go to READ EASY – a national charity founded ten years ago in Dorset to combat illiteracy. Trained volunteers give free, private coaching to adults who struggle to read, using a structured course imaginatively tailored to each learner.
    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 11.30am
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South Sreet, Bridport DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Sue and Hugh Robinson
  • Performance poet and humourist, Matt Harvey will be returning to Sladers Yard to perform his poems accompanied by piano, sax and guitar. Poetry and jazz can be excruciatingly pretentious, inaccessible and embarrassing, but this will be everything but! Matt's gentle and very funny humour combined with the musicians' sensitive and skilled accompaniment makes for one of the loveliest events of the year.
    Fans of Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, John Hegley, Ivor Cutler and having a lovely time on a Sunday afternoon will be very pleased they came!
    The Quartet are: Poet Matt Harvey, pianist Philip Clouts, Saxophonist Andy Williamson and multi instrumentalist, Daniel Marcus-Clarke.
    *Change of Programme! with 2 course lunch. Please telephone Sladers Yard (01308 459511) for reservations.
    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 12.00 noon
    Where: Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EL
    Extra: With Lunch + £20 
    Sponsor: SOIXANTE
  • Rosanna Ley and Maria Donovan join Gail Aldwin on this panel session to share their experiences of writing about place in fiction. Location is integral to all Rosanna Ley’s books - her settings include West Dorset and Cornwall as well as abroad. Her latest novel: The Lemon Tree is set in Italy. Maria Donovan draws on memory, observation and imagination to create a sense of place and her debut novel: The Chicken Soup Murder is set in a fictional version of her home town Bridport. Gail Aldwin is Chair of the Dorset Writers Network and her latest work of fiction: The String Games is a coming of age novel set in England and France – sure to be a best seller.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 3.00 pm
    Where: The Bridport Library, South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
  • In the depths of winter in 1705, the young Johann Sebastian Bach, then unknown as a composer and earning a modest living as a teacher and organist, set off on a long journey on foot to Lubeck to visit the composer Dieterich Buxterhude, a distance of more than 250 miles.  This journey was pivotal in the life of the Master of the Baroque. More than three hundred years later, Horatio Clare set off to recreate the walk, following in Bach’s footsteps. Something of his Art is an evocation of what the young composer would have experienced.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ball Room, East St, Bridport DT6 3LF
    Sponsor: John and Felicity Fairbairn
  • When Christopher Somerville set out to explore Britain’s cathedrals, he found his fixed ideas shaken to the roots. Cathedrals – Britain possesses over 100 – great unmoving bastions of tradition. He tells the stories of monarchs and bishops who ordered the building of these massive edifices and the masons whose genius created them. He chronicles the pomp and prosperity that follows these Ships of Heaven, the towns that grew up in their shadow, the Reformation, icon smashing Puritanism and the revival brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the hope and disillusion of two world wars.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 5.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom, 34 East St, Bridport, DT6 3LF
    Sponsor: Jean Edwards
  • In May this year, it was announced that the West Yorkshire poet, Simon Armitage, one of the most celebrated poets of his generation, had been appointed the UK’s 21st Poet Laureate. Armitage said then that he had no hesitation in accepting the role. “It’s a big commitment and I feel I’ve been writing the kind of public-facing, public-occasion poetry that this role will require, for quite a long time”.  His exciting new volume of poems brings together a selection of work  which stands outside of his mainstream publications. Contents include single set pieces such as Zodiac T Shirt, several are site specific – some set in the Pennine landscape, and others developed from collaborations with film directors and visual artists together with  large scale literary projects such as the poet’s troubadour journeys walking across the UK.  As well as representing the nature and scale of his output,  Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic demonstrates Armitage’s commitment to collaboration, his role of public engagement and a belief in poetry as an act of communication.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Martin and Lindsay  Bowdery
  • Lightning Mary – local author, Anthea Simmons comes to this year’s Bridlit to talk about her latest book which tells the story of the young Mary Anning who searches for fossils on the windswept beaches of Dorset, intent to bring back treasures to help feed her family.  Mary must depend on her unique courage and knowledge to fulfil her dream to become a scientist.  At a time now, when it is possible with determination to follow one’s destiny, Anthea charts the inspiration behind her book.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 10.00 am | Workshop @ 11.00 am
    Where: Bridport Library, South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Adults Free | Suitable for children 8+
  • Oscar, the Ferry Cat is the story of Molly Arbuthnott’s beloved cat who went missing on a Scottish ferry. Molly was inspired to tell about the adventure in a beautiful picture book followed by Oscar’s adventure: Oscar the Hebridean Cat. With her boundless energy and enthusiasm for story telling Molly will entertain children of 4 years plus with a dynamic interactive presentation .

    When: Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 11.00 am
    Where: Bridport Library, South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Adults Free | Suitable for children 4+