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  • Following the runaway success after The Salt Path, Raynor Winn introduces her second book, The Wild Silence. Slightly more daring in format, Winn uses her own life story to explore themes of grief, relationships and illness against the backdrop of the natural environment. In it, she delves into childhood memories alongside the ongoing exploration of Moth’s illness, culminating in a walking expedition in Iceland. With her down to earth style which is both humorous and lyrical, she uncovers the inevitable deep connection we all have with nature.

    In conversation with Deirdre Coates

    When: Wednesday 4th November 2020 @ 2.30pm
    Where: Bridport Arts Centre
  • Alastair Campbell, best known as Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction and an Ambassador for several mental health charities. His new book: Living Better is an honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study which explores his own childhood, family and relationships.  It also examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. Tony Blair says of him: ‘Alastair is living proof that it is possible to have depression and yet achieve so much’.

    Living Better is a raw and revealing narrative and possibly the most important achievement of Alastair’s colourful and varied life.  It is also a book  which could save lives.

    In conversation with Susannah Simons
    When: Thursday 5th November 2020 @ 6.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace
  • James Rebanks’s grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District was part of an ancient landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, hedgerows teeming with wildlife. When James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable - labourers vanished from the fields, stone barns had crumbled and the skies emptied of birds. English Pastoral tells of how the countryside has been brought close to collapse. Yet this elegy is also a song of hope and how a farmer can salvaged a legacy.

    In conversation with James Crowden

    When: Saturday 7th November 2020 @ 11.00am
    Where: Electric Palace