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  • Through fascinating encounters with the bird kingdom and the rich cast of characters responsible for coming up with their names Stephen Moss, the naturalist and broadcaster, gives an  entertaining  illustrated talk about his new book: Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler. A treasure trove of folk history, tracing the tracks of bird life. A must for any bookshelf

    The Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk - Kenneth Allsop, was a broadcaster, writer and champion of conservation who lived near Bridport until his death in 1973.

    When: Thursday 7th November 2019 @ 10.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom, 34 South St, Bridport, DT6 3LF
    Sponsor: Anon
  • Reynolds Stone CBE (1909-1979) was one of the most distinguished wood engravers of the 20th century.  He spent his childhood in Bridport and lived in Litton Cheney from 1953 until his death. His son, Humphrey Stone, has put together this richly illustrated memoir providing a long overdue account of his father’s life and work.He was a champion of the Renaissance in good printing and type design and an accomplished watercolour painter and letter cutter in stone. His legacy endures in much that remains familiar, including postage stamps, £5 and £10 notes and the coat of arms on a British passport.

    When: Thursday 7th November 2019 @ 11.30 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom, 34 South St, Bridport, DT6 3LF
  • Mark Galeotti's conversation with Rene Wyndham about: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PUTIN  has been moved from The Bull Hotel to THE ELECTRIC PALACE.

    Despite the millions of words written on Putin’s Russia, the West still fails to understand one of the world’s most powerful politicians, whose influence spans the globe and whose networks of power reach into the very heart of our daily lives. Professor Mark Galeotti is one of the foremost authorities on Russia and monitors the unfolding story of the Putin era and the man behind the myth. Galeotti is also author of the brilliantly gripping account of The Vory – Russia’s super Mafia, the underground crime class, from their beginnings in the gulags to their free-wheeling oligarchy of today.

    When: Thursday 7th November 2019 @ 2.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South Sreet, Bridport DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Robert and Diana Clarke | Jean Edwards
  • Sadie Jones, won the Costa First Novel Award for her best selling The Outcast, made into a devastatingly unsettling film. The Snakes is equally menacing – an all consuming story of a family whose worst sins come back to bite them.  Sadie writes of her new novel: “If The Snakes feels dangerous its because we – people, normal people – are at risk when we are surrounded by corruption.” Unflinching in its gaze, this is also a novel destined to be a best seller.

    When: Thursday 7th November 2019 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: LSI, 51 East St, Bridport DT6 3JX
  • Story-telling  vs  Reality. Storytelling isn’t just for fiction writers.  Its what makes non-fiction irresistible too. The art of narrative in biography, history or memoir is the art of arranging real life events into the beguiling stories that make the ordinary extraordinary.In this workshop you will learn to tell stories using non-fiction events and make your writing compelling as well as truthful. A challenge for all those  apprentice and experienced writers. Limited numbers.

    When: Thursday 7th November 2019 @ 6.00 - 8.00 pm
    Where: LSI, 51 East St, Bridport DT6 3JX
  • Theme: The Rise of Nationalism: What does the future hold?

    Award winning journalist and writer, Matt Frei, is Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News.  He is also part of the wider presenting team across Channel 4’s news and current affairs portfolio, including the Dispatches programme series.  He has led coverage of major news items from all over the world including the tension in the Ukraine  resulting from the  crash of Malaysia flight MH17 and reporting ‘live’ from the Crimea on Kiev’s bloodiest day. More recently, Matt has covered the friction in Hong Kong with China and continues to find himself  reporting from many turbulent parts of the world.

    Prior to his current role, Matt was Washington Correspondent for two years and this led to the coverage of the Americas on everything from business and culture to US foreign policy and its view of the world.  He headed up Channel 4’s coverage of the 2012 US Presidential election including a documentary: The American Road Trip: Obama’s Story and followed this in 2016 with a documentary investigating Donald Trump and those that surround him: The Mad World of Donald Trump.  Undoubtedly, he will be covering the next Presidential election and the implications on the ‘special relationship’ with the UK.

    Matt speaks several European languages fluently, which surprises many of the European heads of state. He is the author of Italy: the Unfinished Revolution and contributed with authors like Will Self and Ian McEwan to Goodbye Europe. He was voted RTS TV Journalist of the Year 2015 and 2017 and has won an Emmy, a BAFTA, a Dupont and a Peabody.  He is London based but has a very special affection for West Dorset through his wife, Penny, and her links with Bridport. We are all delighted to welcome Matt Frei to the Bridport Literary Festival.

    George Millar DSO MC, Croix de Guerre and Legion d’Honneur - The Literary Dinner is held every year in memory of George Millar who for 50 years lived in West Dorset until his death in 2005. His war memoirs and his books on sailing are still in print and continue to be enjoyed by generations of readers of all ages.

    When: Thursday 7th November 2019 @ 7.00 pm
    Where: The Tithe Barn, Mill Ln, Symondsbury, Bridport DT6 6HG
    Sponsor: Furleigh Estate | The Symondsbury Estate