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

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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
  • 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
  • Legendary cricket broadcaster and national treasure, Henry Blofeld takes the audience on a journey from A-Z through the world of cricket.  There are many reasons to love ‘Blowers’, not least that he is the voice synonymous with BBC Radio 4 and 5’s Test Match Specials. In his trademark charming style he explains some of the puzzling cricket terminology and tells his favourite anecdotes from half a century’s association with the sport. His stories are not only entertaining but reflect changes in the cricket, while identifies his cricketing heroes. There is a glossary for those who want to make sure of the difference between googlys and bouncers! 

    When: Tuesday 5th November 2019 @ 5.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Trish Reed | Ian and Mary Scott
  • 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
  • The Summer Isles, the small group of Scottish islands off Scotland’s north-west coast, captivated writer Philip Marsden when he and his aunt looked upon them from the tops of mountains they loved to climb in the Highlands. Decades after his aunt’s death, he sets sail in a beautiful wooden boat from his home in Cornwall, up the west coast of Ireland, through the Hebrides, to reach those islands of his imagination. Sailing single-handed, he tackles the full force of the Atlantic, hopping from island to island exploring early Irish and Scottish history and learning the stories and songs, myths and legends and their place in the Celtic tradition.

    When: Friday 8th November 2019 @ 10.00 am
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Sally Inchbald and Peter Lee
  • In Dominion, award winning historian and broadcaster Tom Holland explains why Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world.  He explores the story of how we came to be what we are and how we think. Ranging from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today. From Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, Holland explores just what made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how it saturated the mind-set of Latin Christendom and why, inspite of religion’s claims, it is becoming less accepted in the West.

    When: Friday 8th November 2019 @ 11.30 am
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Carol Hammick
  • From the best-selling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach’s new novel The Carer is a deliciously waspish, witty and poignant novel about aging, sibling rivalry and having to grow up fast!  James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. His middle aged offspring, Robert and Phoebe, employ Mandy who is happy to take him off their hands. BUT Mandy has vices as well as virtues and life, as it unfolds, suddenly becomes one that none of them can handle and does not curtail at old age.

    When: Friday 8th November 2019 @ 2.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: John and Maggie Mills
  • For more than twenty-five years, Dr David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones.  From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major hospital.  Driven by compassion and the desire to help others, and putting himself in extreme personal danger, David is now acknowledged by the world to be the most experienced trauma surgeon. Flying into a catastrophe was not enough as  other doctors needed to learn how to treat the appalling injuries that war inflicts. Since 2015, David and his wife, Elly, have set up a foundation training doctors in the art of saving lives – those threatened by bombs and bullets.

    When: Friday 8th November 2019 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Adam and Nicky Fenwick | Emma Farquhason
  • Writer, broadcaster, polymath, Melvyn Bragg’s award winning series: The South Bank Show is the longest running arts programme (1978-2019)on British television and has also been acclaimed as the best. His BBC Radio 4 series: In Our Time is a masterclass in the history of ideas and one of the most popular podcasts available. His latest novel: Love Without End re-imagines the legendary love story of Heloise and Abelard, and breathes fresh life into one of the most remarkable and enduring passions, uniting the middle ages with today.  Heloise, a brilliant scholar, arrives in Paris in the year 1117 and falls passionately in love with the young radical philosopher, Abelard - their dangerous love affair incurs terrible retribution. Nine centuries later Arthur, an English academic, arrives in Paris to revisit the story, and finds that his connection with the subject is more emotional than he cares to admit.

    When: Friday 8th November 2019 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Jim and Sarah Wild
  • 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
  • When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species, we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Scientist, writer and broadcaster Dr Lewis Dartnell tells the human story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents. Origins reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilization.

    When: Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 3.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
    Sponsor: Adam Tindale
  • 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