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

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  • 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
  • Jason inherited his love of adventure and an exploratory addiction to food and how to grow, harvest and enjoy it from his late mother, the writer Jocasta Innes. She was a polymath of ideas for homemaking and how to live life to the full. Her book: Paint Magic is a classic for anyone wishing to decorate their home and a copy of The Pauper’s Cookbook is a Bible for everyone who enjoys food without the extravagance. Jason talks about his Mother’s influence on his life and has recently republished one of her cookery books: The Country Kitchen. His talk will be followed by a delicious feast based on his Mother’s recipes. With 2 course lunch. Please telephone Sladers Yard (01308 459511) for reservations.
    When: Tuesday 5th November 2019 @ 7.00 pm
    Where: Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EL
    Extra: With Lunch +£28 
    Sponsor: Harold Carter | Tess Silkstone
  • 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