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  • Roland Philipps - Victoire - A Wartime Story Of Resistance, Collaboration and Betrayal

    Roland Philipps relates the incredible story of heroism, complicity and survival about the charismatic double-agent who plays a major role in WWII – Agent Victoire.  Paris, half–occupied Nazi Germany in 1940, was also half governed by the collaborationist Vichy regime.  These were dark days for France and also for Britain, isolated and under threat of invasion.  Yet Mathilde Carre – codenamed ‘the Cat’ – is driven by a sense of destiny that will be her nation’s saviour.  Victoire is the story of a passionate, courageous spy.

    In conversation with John Dean
    When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Tim Clarke
  • Lisa Jewell - The Night She Disappeared

    Nancy Tucker - The First Day of Spring

    Lisa Jewell’s latest bestseller tells what happens when a teenage single mother disappears without trace. Where do you start to search?

    Nancy Tucker’s debut novel explores nature or nurture and the devious mind of the child on child murderer.

    A lively discussion on the issues involved in writing psychological thrillers is irresistible. How easy is it to get behind the criminal mind; why are women writers so successful at this genre of fiction; why are readers so addicted to the‘whodunnit'?

    In conversation with Sally Laverack
    When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 12 noon
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • All ticket holders 

    Due to health matters, Professor Grayling is unable to be with us ‘live’ on Monday 8th November. He is, however, delighted to give his talk on Zoom and respond to our audience with interactive Q/A. We hope you will all be able to attend the event at the Ballroom of the Bull at 2.00 pm but may wish to. take up a nominal refund of £2  which can be obtained from the Bridport TIC office: 01308 424 901 A. C. Grayling - Frontiers of Knowledge -What we know about Science, History and the Mind

    In recent times, humanity has learnt a vast amount about the universe. But through remarkable successes in acquiring knowledge we have learned how much we have yet to learn: the science we have, for example, addresses just 5% of the universe; pre-history is still being revealed and the neurosciences of mind and brain are just beginning.  The celebrated polymath and philosopher A.C. Grayling seeks to answer three crucial areas: science, history and psychology.

    An Illustrated Talk  - This is a special event where we welcome staff and students from Sir John Colfox School
    When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 2.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Siobhan and Charles Blundell
  • Parm Sandhu - Black and Blue - One Woman’s Story of Policing and Prejudice

    At the point of her retirement from the Metropolitan Police Service in 2019, Parm Sandhu was the most senior BAME woman in the capital’s police force. She was the only non-white female to be promoted from constable to Chief Superintendent.  In this enthralling memoir, Parm chronicles her journey from life on the outskirts of Birmingham as a child of immigrants and after an arranged, abusive marriage at sixteen,  her escape to London with her son to embark upon a career in the Met.

    In conversation with Stuart Prebble
    When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 4.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Emma Soames - Mary Churchill's War - The Wartime Diaries of Churchill’s  Youngest Daughter edited by her daughter

    Mary Churchill’s diaries provide a unique, front-row view of the great events of war, as well as exchanges and intimate moments with her father.  They reveal an impulsive spirited writer free of self-censorship or nostalgia. In 1939, at seventeen, Mary found herself in an extraordinary position and time: the outbreak of WWII and her father, Winston Churchill, appointed Prime Minister within months.

    In conversation with Susannah Simons
    When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Sally and Peter Lee
  • Dr. Jim Down - Life Support - Diary of an ICU Doctor on the Frontline of the Covid Crisis

    Jim Down had spent his life as a doctor running the intensive care unit at one of London’s top hospitals, but nothing prepared him for Spring 2020, when the pandemic hit.  In Life Support, he tells the extraordinary story of how he and colleagues donned PPE, received an influx of patients, and faced down the biggest challenge in NHS history.  With warmth, honesty and humour his is gripping personal account of the everyday heroism of the NHS staffing a global crisis.

    In conversation with Deirdre Coates
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Carol Hammick and Adam Tindall
  • Hugo Vickers - Malice in Wonderland - My Adventures with Cecil Beaton

    Hugo Vicker’s life took a dramatic turn in 1997 when the legendary Sir Cecil Beaton invited him to be his authorised biographer.  The excitement of working with the famous photographer was dashed days later when Beaton died.  Vickers was entrusted with Beaton’s papers, diaries and access to friends and contemporaries.  Vickers has edited the witty and perceptive diaries which reveal the photographer’s many fascinating encounters and his observations of cultural figures of the time as well as members of the Royal Family.

    In conversation with Boris Starling
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 2.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Rosi and Clive de Ruig
  • Max Porter - The Death of Francis Bacon

    A bold and brilliant short work of fiction by the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny. In a burst of literary brilliance, Max Porter translates into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist’s mind. The Death of Francis Bacon is set during the last days of Francis Bacon’s life as he lies dying in Madrid and is written in visceral poetic language which corresponds to Bacon’s style of painting.  One of our most lyrical novelists brings his rich facility for language and psychological insight in this majestic tour de force.

    Tickets: £12/£20 for events 14 and 15 combined

    In conversation with Jon Woolcott
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 4.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Max McKay-James
  • Natasha Brown - Assembly

    In our new writer slot at BridLit, Natasha Brown’s novel Assembly, follows a black British woman as she prepares to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family estate, set deep in the English countryside.  At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. Assembly is about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. It is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

    This can be purchased as an exciting double event with Max Porter, event 14.

    Tickets: £12 /£20 for events 14 and 15 combined

    In conversation with Max Porter
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Boris Starling - The Law of the Heart

    In his ninth novel, Starling’s three protagonists confront emotions they’ve all tried to suppress. For rollercoaster designer, Theo, life is living on the edge, immune to commitment. In North Korea he meets tour guide, Min, who has a soul that wants to soar but feels safer to have walls around her heart and mind. Min’s grandmother, Cuckoo, hides her own heartbreak. How much are all three prepared to risk?

    In conversation with Olivia Glazebrook
    When: Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Hotel
  • Dame Marina Warner - Inventory of a Life Mislaid - An Unreliable Memoir

    Marina Warner charts her childhood in the tumultuous Egypt of the 1950s. Her beautiful, penniless young mother, Ilia, leaves Italy in 1945 to travel to London alone. Her husband, Esmond, is still away at war in the East. Upon his return, and without prospect, they move to Cairo and open an English bookshop, a branch of WH Smith’s. But growing resistance to foreign interests, especially British, erupts in the 1952 uprising in which the bookshop burns. Both historical and speculative, Marina’s memoir powerfully resurrects the fraught union and unrequited hopes of her parents where memory intertwines with myth.

    An illustrated talk, in conversation with Prue Keely

    When: Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 2.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Jim Bartos
  • Patrick Barkham - Wild Child - Coming Home to Nature

    In Wild Child, part memoir, part polemic, Barkham argues for greater access to nature for all children.  He considers the lives his own children are leading : whether there was more diversity of nature in urban Norwich than in rural Norfolk.  He spends a year volunteering in his local Forest School, run by two pioneering teachers, watching children learn and play in a wilder environment. His book is an inspiration for all parents, grandparents and teachers. Barkham has also edited an Anthology of British and Irish Nature Writing – The Wild Isles -  from which he will also select entrancing and irresistible stories of the Wild to delight everyone.

    An illustrated talk

    When: Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 4.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Dr Hilary Jones - Frontline

    In the midst of the pandemic, ITV’s Doctor Hilary Jones launches his epic historical series – a sweeping sumptuous WWI medical drama which features the Spanish Flu pandemic when only the strongest survived. Grace, a nurse, and Will, a young soldier, meet in a field hospital in France. Rumours of Armistice abound but hopes of peace are threatened by the deadly virus. Dr Hilary discusses the challenges posed by writing romantic fiction and plotting the course of a family saga across the twentieth century. Are there parallels with Covid 19, which has affected global well-being?

    In conversation with Sally Laverack

    When: Thursday 11th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Tristan Gooley - The Secret World of Weather - How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal and Dewdrop

    The weather changes as we walk around a tree or turn down a street. There is a secret world of weather – one that we all live in but very few of us see. Best-selling author, navigator and adventurer, Gooley gives a fascinating account of how to discover the simple rules that explain the weather signs in order to learn skills that enhance every minute you spend outdoors. By understanding the microclimate, you can predict weather easily.

    In conversation with James Crowden

    When: Thursday 11th November 2021 @ 11.30 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Maggie and John Mills
  • Samantha Knights QC - Law, Rights, and Religion

    Local barrister and co-director of the Shute Festival, Samantha Knights, discusses her book Law, Rights, and Religion. Given that we live in an increasingly diverse country, this relevant and thoughtful work explores the relationship between our legal system, religion and cultural diversity. At a practical level, the debate is fascinating - ranging from the issue of whether businesses can decline services on religious grounds, through to clashes between the school curriculum and faith.

    In conversation with Caroline Montagu

    When: Friday 12th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Felicity Fairbairn
  • Dave Goulson - Silent Earth - Averting the Insect Apocalypse

    Insects are essential for life as we know it. As their numbers decline at a shocking rate, our world will slowly grind to a halt. Both revealing and alarming, Silent Earth is a rousing manifesto for a greener planet. It is a call to arms for change – in agriculture, government policy, industry and ourselves. Goulson will also talk about his previous book, Gardening for Bumblebees, which shows how to provide a refuge for a pollinator friendly haven.

    An illustrated talk

    When: Friday 12th November 2021 @4.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Sue and David Orr
  • Jonathan Drori - Around the World in 80 Plants

    Drori takes readers on a trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. From the seemingly familiar tomato and dandelion to the eerie mandrake and Spanish ‘moss’ of Louisiana, via the early histories of beer and the contraceptive pill, each of these stories is full of surprise. Drori wears his scientific knowledge lightly and writes with passion and humour. Lucille Clerc’s illustrations are utterly spellbinding. An illustrated talk
    When: Saturday 13th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Georgia Langton
  • Adam Nicolson - The Sea is not made of Water

    Few places are as familiar as the shore and few as full of mystery and surprises. Acclaimed nature writer, Adam Nicolson, explores the natural wonders of the intertidal and our long human relationship with it. The physics of the seas, the biology of anemone and limpet, the long history of the earth; all interconnect in this zone where the philosopher scientist and poet can meet. Twice a day, every day, change dominates its existence. Every part of life here is dedicated to surviving and thriving in a world of alteration. An illustrated talk
    When: Saturday 13th November 2021 @ 1.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Horatio Clare - Heavy Light - A Journey through Madness, Mania and Healing

    This is Horatio Clare’s very personal journey through mania, psychosis and treatment in a psychiatric hospital, and onwards to release, recovery and healing. This is a story of the intensity of manic experience as well as its peril and strangeness. It is also a story of love, kindness, humour and care of those who deal with someone who becomes so dangerously ill. At a critical time, when society is at last facing the issues of mental health that can affect each and every one of us, this is a timely memoir which can give compassion to those who suffer and support to those who care. In conversation with Jon Woolcott
    When: Saturday 13th November 2021 @ 4.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Christina Lamb - Our Bodies Their Battlefield

    With the recent, devastating and ongoing tragedy of Afghanistan, we have invited Christina to talk about her book: Our Bodies Their Battlefield – a searing and angry reckoning of the scale of assault against women as a weapon of war. Christina Lamb has worked in combat zones for over 30 years moving between conflicts that affect the livelihood and wellbeing of all women.  Her earlier book Farewell Kabul considers the longest war fought by the United States in its history and by Britain since the Hundred Years War.  Will the current plight of the nation under the Taliban regime lead to more worldwide terrorism?   Christina and Malala Yousafzai, Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, combined to write I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, a fascinating insight into what has gone before and what could re-ignite. In conversation with Samantha Knights QC
    When: Saturday 13th November 2021 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom

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