Sunday 5th November

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  • James Holland - The Savage Storm - The Battle for Italy 1943

    James Holland, acclaimed WWII historian, best selling writer, broadcaster and co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival, tells the brutal story of the most pivotal campaign the Allies were to fight in WWII. He presents a dramatic look at the opening months of the Italian Campaign in 1943, depicting its depth of intrigue and viciousness. With Al Murray, James also presents the podcast: We Have Ways of Making You Talk in which they discuss WWII.

    An illustrated talk Introduced by Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, Festival Director.
    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 12 noon
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsor: Lawrences Auctioneers, Symonds and Sampson Estate Agents
  • Kim & David Squirrell - Rope - A Twisting Tale of Love, Work and Trade

    With archives, images, objects and landscape, award-winning poet and artist, Kim Squirrell brings to her poem Rope a narrative exploration of the lives of working people in Bridport during the 1800s. Together with traditional folk tunes and an original score by mandolinist, David Squirrell, the performance is a weaving of words and music. Kim’s recording of her poem Burton Beach is included in the Windrush Stories Collection at the British Library.

    £18  1 course lunch

    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 12 noon
    Where: Sladers Yard
  • Philippa Gregory - Normal Women - 900 Years of Making History

    As one of the world’s celebrated historical novelists, Philippa Gregory’s flair for blending history with imagination has made her a bestselling author worldwide. Based on a lifetime’s research, she now reveals a forgotten social and cultural history of ordinary women. Redefining ‘normal’ female behaviour to include heroism, rebellion, crime, treason, money-making, jousting, sainthood and rioting, she tells the stories of women who defied our expectations and took on roles that made them the trailblazers for the women of today.

    An illustrated talk Introduced by Sally Laverack
    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 2.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsor: Helen and Andrew Carless
  • Helen Rebanks - The Farmer's Wife - My Life in Days

    With rare honesty, Helen Rebanks, shares her daily life - the joy, the wonder and the grind. Weaving past and present, she takes us from her Grandma’s farmhouse table, on a journey of self-discovery and into the Lake District home she now shares with her husband, James, their four children and a plethora of animals including a flock of Herdwick sheep and a herd of Belted Galloway cattle. The Farmer’s Wife is a story about labour and delight in keeping house and raising a family and described by Raynor Winn as “quite an achievement to portray the quiet power behind the choices we make for our children”. An exquisite love-letter to goodness and wisdom. In conversation with James Rebanks
    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Emma Farqhuarson Interior Design
  • Jeremy Bowen - The Making of the Modern Middle East - A Personal History

    Recently appointed as the International Editor for BBC News, award winning journalist Jeremy Bowen joined the BBC in 1984 and has been a war correspondent for much of his career. He has reported from more than 70 countries, predominantly in the Middle East – Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chechnya, Assad’s Syria and Netanyahu’s Israel – the Balkans and latterly from Ukraine. Based on his acclaimed podcast: Frontlines of Journalism, his new book takes us on a journey through the Middle East and explores the power games that have wreaked devastation on civilians as their leaders jostle for political, religious and economic control.

    In conversation with Barney White-Spunner
    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Felicity Fairbairn
  • Ruby Wright - Animal Crackers - BridLit Kids

    Maisie’s head is full of animal facts! She desperately wants a pet of her own. Mum says their flat is too small. But Maisie hasn’t realised the magic that can be found in a packet of animal crackers. She’s amazed when a whole zoo-full of animals come to stay, but there are unexpected results. (Well… Mum expected them.) This exciting debut mixes fantasy and wish-fulfilment with the reality of modern living.

    Come and listen to the story, watch Ruby draw and then decorate some of your own delicious animal crackers to take home!

    Suitable for ages 3 - 7 but all family members welcome. £5 per family of up to 4. Additional children £2

    An illustrated talk and workshop

    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 10.00 am
    Where: Mercato Italiano
  • The Bank of Dreams & Nightmares with Joelle Taylor - Resonate - BridLit Kids

    As part of BridLit Festival 2023, The Bank of Dreams and Nightmares will be working with TS Eliot Prize winning poet Joelle Taylor and 12 young people over two workshop weekends to explore what they want to say and how they want to tell their stories. This could be in the form of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, monologue, rap, song or even comedy - however they feel they can best express themselves. This is the culmination of the workshops where the young people will perform their pieces to a live audience at Bridport Literary Festival.

    Under 19’s free (ticketed)
    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 7.00 pm
    Where: Bridport Arts Centre


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