This blessed pandemic. It’s affecting all of us, all over the world, in so many ways.

Just when we thought a live BridLit would be a shining beacon in a grey old year, a second lockdown was announced, starting this Thursday.

It’s a huge shame but we must be grateful that Wednesday’s events are still going ahead. A huge thank you to the team and authors for making this possible. There will be a great poignancy to the talks by Barney White-Spunner, Raynor Wynn and Robert McCrum.

Says festival director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart: ‘All those writers we have had to stand down have given their support and assurances that they look forward to being with us on another occasion.  Meanwhile, please look at our Refund Policy and feel as optimistic as we are trying to be about BridLit 2021.

‘We would like to thank you all very much for supporting us and for your patience – at least, we feel we tried to make a BridLit Live special for you all this year.  Undoubtedly, we will do so again in 2021.’

Don’t forget to tune into the storytelling by a great local-line up of personalities on this website. BridLit Kids is aimed at children but is suitable for people of all ages. In these dark times, we all need the enchantment that reading and listening to stories can bring us.

And then there’s the schools project, which will also be online.

Stay safe everyone.

Over and out, at least for 2020.