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

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  • Rosanna Ley and Maria Donovan join Gail Aldwin on this panel session to share their experiences of writing about place in fiction. Location is integral to all Rosanna Ley’s books - her settings include West Dorset and Cornwall as well as abroad. Her latest novel: The Lemon Tree is set in Italy. Maria Donovan draws on memory, observation and imagination to create a sense of place and her debut novel: The Chicken Soup Murder is set in a fictional version of her home town Bridport. Gail Aldwin is Chair of the Dorset Writers Network and her latest work of fiction: The String Games is a coming of age novel set in England and France – sure to be a best seller.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 3.00 pm
    Where: The Bridport Library, South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY
  • In the depths of winter in 1705, the young Johann Sebastian Bach, then unknown as a composer and earning a modest living as a teacher and organist, set off on a long journey on foot to Lubeck to visit the composer Dieterich Buxterhude, a distance of more than 250 miles.  This journey was pivotal in the life of the Master of the Baroque. More than three hundred years later, Horatio Clare set off to recreate the walk, following in Bach’s footsteps. Something of his Art is an evocation of what the young composer would have experienced.

    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ball Room, East St, Bridport DT6 3LF
    Sponsor: John and Felicity Fairbairn
  • Moving, compassionate, powerful and of international significance, Christy Lefteri’s novel was born out of her time working as a volunteer for UNICEF. Based in Athens at a refugee centre, Lefteri met and got to know so many of those escaping from harrowing war torn regions. Her story of Nuri a beekeeper and his wife Afra an artist, living a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo, is cataclysmic. When all around them is destroyed  by war, they are forced to escape, embarking upon a perilous journey through Turkey to Greece – intent on survival.

    When: Monday 4th November 2019 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom, 34 East St, Bridport, DT6 3LF
    Sponsor: Nick Pearson
  • Max Porter’s first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for many others. It has been translated in to 27 languages. His new best selling novel: Lanny focuses on a village outside London and no different from many others. Yet it belongs to England’s mysterious past and its confounding present. Porter’s story is exhilarating, disquieting and deeply affecting. The plot bowls along in a compulsive way – in search of the boy, Lanny and Porter’s genius with words leaves you breathless.

    When: Tuesday 5th November 2019 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom, 34 East St, Bridport, DT6 3LF
    Sponsor: Carol Hammick
  • Olivia Glazebrook is a journalist, screenwriter, film and book critic. Her first novel The Trouble with Alice met with great critical acclaim. Olivia is one of Dorset’s rich seam of talented writers and we are delighted to have her with us to talk about her latest book: The Frank Business. Frank drops down dead at Heathrow Arrivals on Christmas Eve. His estranged daughter is called to identify the body and is left wondering why he was travelling to London from France in the first place. So begins a story of the chaotic nature of relationships when pasts are unmasked.

    When: Wednesday 6th November 2019 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom, 34 South St, Bridport, DT6 3LF
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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