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  • Kim & David Squirrell - Rope - A Twisting Tale of Love, Work and Trade

    With archives, images, objects and landscape, award-winning poet and artist, Kim Squirrell brings to her poem Rope a narrative exploration of the lives of working people in Bridport during the 1800s. Together with traditional folk tunes and an original score by mandolinist, David Squirrell, the performance is a weaving of words and music. Kim’s recording of her poem Burton Beach is included in the Windrush Stories Collection at the British Library.

    £18  1 course lunch

    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 12 noon
    Where: Sladers Yard
  • Ruth Padel - Watershed

    Ruth Padel is a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer, known for her poetic exploration of migration and her involvement with classical music, wildlife conservation and Greece. Her most recent collection of poems, Watershed, celebrates the numinous power of water while exploring the depths of our capacity to deny the climate crisis. What lurks in the underwater caverns of our unconscious to give denial such potency? Ruth’s poems are a celebration of fluidity, illuminating the mystery of water in its flex and flow.

    £18 1 Course Dinner In conversation with James Crowden
    When: Tuesday 7th November 2023 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: Sladers Yard
  • The Bank of Dreams & Nightmares with Joelle Taylor - Resonate - BridLit Kids

    As part of BridLit Festival 2023, The Bank of Dreams and Nightmares will be working with TS Eliot Prize winning poet Joelle Taylor and 12 young people over two workshop weekends to explore what they want to say and how they want to tell their stories. This could be in the form of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, monologue, rap, song or even comedy - however they feel they can best express themselves. This is the culmination of the workshops where the young people will perform their pieces to a live audience at Bridport Literary Festival.

    Under 19’s free (ticketed)
    When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 7.00 pm
    Where: Bridport Arts Centre
  • Reg Meuross - Stolen from God - Slave Trade Song Cycle

    The festival ends with words and music from Somerset musician Reg Meuross, who presents his stunning song cycle Stolen From God, with the sparkling playing of kora master Suntou Susso. The show, with narration on the historical background to each song, features vocals from both musicians, alongside incredible instrumentation. In it, Reg Meuross unpicks the South West’s complex Slavery story, inspired by his belief that folk songs provide a rapid and accessible route into history and its current relevance. He unearths both incredible tales and uncomfortable truths, brought fully to life with this enlightening live performance.

    with Suntou Susso
    When: Saturday 11th November 2023 @ 7.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace


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