Tickets are still available for two great BridLit events at Sladers Yard, West Bay, next week.

On Tuesday 7 November, poet Ruth Padel will be in conversation with James Crowden at 6.30pm.

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.

Crowden was raised on the western edge of Dartmoor and now lives in Somerset. After a stint in the army he studied both Civil Engineering and Ethnology. He has written a number of books based on his experiences of living in Dorset as an agricultural labourer and cider maker.

Tickets are £12 or £12 + £18 for 1-Course Dinner


Then on Thursday 9 November at 6.30pm, Pen Vogler will be in conversation with Prue Keely at Sladers Yard.

Vogler has written a fascinating history of the people, the ideas and the dishes that have fed – and starved – a nation.

Whose responsibility is it to make sure there is something to eat on every table and of what quality? With the ever-increasing cost of food, who ensures that children get milk and cereal, eggs and toast to keep hunger at bay, that key workers – whether NHS nurses or soldiers fighting abroad – have the nourishment they need to work at the coal face? Changing customs and laws around food reveal how to feed the nation and the love hate relationship with meat, fish, vegetables and cheese.

Vogler is the bestselling author of ScoffDinner with Mr Darcy and Dinner with Dickens. She edited Penguin’s Great Food series, writes and reviews on food history for the press and has recreated recipes from the past for BBC television.

Keely earned her living as a reporter, foreign correspondent and programme editor in broadcasting, working for LBC, Channel Four News and BBC Radio 4.  Since she gave that up, she’s been on the board of several charities, served as a member and Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Portland Prison and is now Senior Independent Governor of Arts University Bournemouth. She lives in Dorset and London.

Tickets are £12 or £12 + £45 for 3-Course Dinner