The Festival: 3rd - 9th November 2019 | Tickets: 01308 424901|


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  • Performance poet and humourist, Matt Harvey will be returning to Sladers Yard to perform his poems accompanied by piano, sax and guitar. Poetry and jazz can be excruciatingly pretentious, inaccessible and embarrassing, but this will be everything but! Matt's gentle and very funny humour combined with the musicians' sensitive and skilled accompaniment makes for one of the loveliest events of the year.
    Fans of Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, John Hegley, Ivor Cutler and having a lovely time on a Sunday afternoon will be very pleased they came!
    The Quartet are: Poet Matt Harvey, pianist Philip Clouts, Saxophonist Andy Williamson and multi instrumentalist, Daniel Marcus-Clarke.
    *Change of Programme! with 2 course lunch. Please telephone Sladers Yard (01308 459511) for reservations.
    When: Sunday 3rd November 2019 @ 12.00 noon
    Where: Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EL
    Extra: With Lunch + £20 
    Sponsor: SOIXANTE
  • 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