BridLit 2018 – Welcome Back!

Hello readers! We are well rested and ready for another year – the blog is once again open for business!

 

Stay tuned for our spotlights, interviews, features and reviews. 

Through a Glass Darkly: Power of The Past for Two Bestselling Authors

At any point, the past may seem distant and unreal; the tendency of history to replay like a fairytale tells us so. The truth, as bestselling novelists Michèle Roberts and Lucy Hughes-Hallett know, is that the past is always entangled with the present. No one could be what, where, or who they are without those that came before. In their novels, The Walworth Beauty and Peculiar Ground, Michèle and Lucy teach a masterclass in capturing the delicacy of humanity, the passage of time, and the threads of fate that bind and set free characters.

At the festival, both of these writers will be sharing the stage to discuss their common ground, their methodology, inspiration and vision. Author and poet, Michèle’s book The Walworth Beauty tells of two cities – two Londons – to be precise. Connecting Victorian London to the present day and exploring the fallout of history on a personal level between two characters, the story is elegant, haunting, vivid, and expertly told in a way that The Times commends as comparable to “Woolf and Keats”. Lucy, a cultural historian as well as writer, uses her debut novel Peculiar Ground to delve into the ghosts of generations within one house – a richly detailed and excellently crafted story of isolation, human connection and intricate heritage that The Guardian calls both “ambitious and accomplished”.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the imaginations of these novelists laid bare in conversation – tickets are still left, but it’s only a matter of time.

 

Monday 6th November / Event 7
2.30PM
£10
The Bull Hotel

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To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

 

Micromastery – Robert Twigger on The Art of Happiness

Why are Nobel Prize-winning scientists 22 times more likely to dabble in an art or craft than the ordinary scientist? It might have something to do with the fact that in this modern age, in which we are expected to choose one pursuit and dutifully pursue it, we too-often disregard the niggling sense that we are boxing ourselves in. After all, settling the human brain into a rut is a terrible waste of imagination. Robert Twigger asks in his new book, Micromastery, a playful, enlightening and surprising manual on how to pursue happiness and success in perfect harmony, “why stop there?

Robert is a local author whose research into micromastery has yielded wonderful tips from local maestros such as Madame Tussaud’s Mike Wade, and woodworker Peter Southall of Slader’s Yard. The secret to happiness doesn’t lie in stagnation, but in stimulation. Robert uses his experiences and findings to explain why we don’t need to limit ourselves to be fulfilled, yet specificity itself can be the very key to joy. You could be an accountant moonlighting as a pastry chef, or a pastry chef moonlighting as a cultivator of small potted plants – it doesn’t matter. Pick something that makes you happy, and give it room in your life to grow. Championing chances for creativity and the pleasure of progress through its eclectic and wonderful ideas, Micromastery encourages us to learn – and master – a new skill as often as we can. Be it cocktail-crafting, nail-painting, glass-blowing, or even just perfecting the ultimate tea-to-milk ratio, everything is good enough and there is everything to try! Let yourself live outside of your box little by little, and start small. Micro, in fact.

Micromastery is a life-changer in the most exciting way. There are no wrong answers, just your own personal stars to reach for, and happiness isn’t the finish line – it’s the entire journey.

Don’t miss your chance to attend Robert’s talk about life’s joys and positivity, while tickets are still available the information you need is below…

 

Wednesday 8th November / Event 15
10.00 AM
£8
The Bull Hotel – Ballroom

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To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

 

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit – Boris Starling’s Tribute to Resilience

As Boris Starling‘s Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit is published, the third Invictus Games will be held in Toronto. The games may only be still in their infancy, but the impact of their meaning, the opportunity of their purpose, and their growing legacy transcends age. The games are a chance for servicemen and women to compete in a prestigious multisport competition, but to each competitor the games’ existence also symbolises a different sort of challenge. To qualify, you must have already been through hell and back, and it’s reaching your mark that signifies your first victory. The servicemen and women who compete for glory at the Invictus Games are those who have been injured, wounded, and halted in their service in ways unfathomable, and are now proving to the world that not only is recovery an option – so is excellence.

At the Invictus Games the starting line marks more than just the racetrack. It marks a whole new beginning. The unconquerable spirit and unbreakable will of competitors uplifts everyone lucky enough to watch, and Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit tells the stories of some of these heroes. Be it racing with triple amputations, or firing arrows with one’s teeth – the awesome stories of the people we see in the arena and how they came to be there will humble you.

The games are spearheaded by Prince Harry, and, only fittingly, Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit bears a foreword by him. Proving that ‘change’ never has to mean ‘end’, Boris perfectly celebrates the servicemen and women who define ‘unconquerable’.

Do not miss your chance for tickets to Boris’ incredible talk. The information you need is below:

Sunday 12th November / Event 35
3.00 PM
£10
The Electric Palace

Facebook Event Page and Online Ticket Portal

To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited – Philip Eade’s Revealing Biography

Described as ‘the greatest novelist of my generation’ by Graham Greene but thought to have been possessed by the devil by the likes of Hilaire Belloc, early twentieth-century author Evelyn Waugh can perhaps only be agreeably called unforgettable.

Having tasked himself with the biography of someone so controversial and complicated, Philip Eade presents Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited. Philip has researched and chronicled story after story, secret after secret. By accessing Waugh family archives and unearthing primary sources, he offers a new perspective of someone known by history as notoriously undefinable. The Financial Times writes that ‘Eade shows just how hard-won his effortless brilliance really was’, and The Wall Street Journal commends the book with the promise that ‘Mr Eade does not fail to entertain’. Dancing between the characters on and off paper that were instrumental to Waugh’s life, Philip leaves no stone unturned in his quest to straighten out the cacophony of rumours that surround such an impressive figure.

Truly fascinating, do not miss out on this intricate, admiring exposé.

Thursday 10th November
Time: 11.00 am
Tickets: £10
Location: The Bull Hotel

To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

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BridLit Kids: Events for young Bookworms!

Do you know a flourishing illustrator? A storyteller-in-training? Somebody creative who is entranced by wild tales?

BridLit Kids is back after last year’s success, and it is aiming for bigger and better. On Saturday the 12th of November, we’re taking over The Lyric Theatre for the day and hope to provide something special for everyone, with three fantastic events for children.

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At Event 22a (10am – 11am) Prepare for the astonishing duo of Storyteller Martin Maudsley and Musician Declan Duffy to delight our youngest audience with tales of mysterious creatures to ignite the imagination. Guaranteed to entertain all who enter, and suitable for ages 3 and up.
Tickets: Children £3/ Adults Free!

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At Event 22b (12pm – 1pm) Charles Fuge will take over and help to bring some of those stories to life with an illustration workshop for slightly older children. Courtesy of Bridport Arts and Crafts, children will get a notepad and pencil to take away, and guided by Charlie’s skilled hand, will produce some amazing illustrations of their own. A great opportunity to learn from a successful and working local illustrator, suited to ages 8 and up.
Tickets: Children £5 (sketchbook and pencil included)

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At Event 22c (2pm – 3pm) We will welcome Angie Sage, hugely popular author of the Septimus Heap series, who will talk about her latest addition to the series, Todhunter Moon, and answer and questions from the floor. We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful writer come to Bridport and introduce her work. Get reading and come prepared to find out how Angie’s ‘magykal’ ideas make their way on to the page! Best suited to ages 8 and up.
Tickets: Children £3/ Adults Free!

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Be sure not to miss out, it will be a day to let your imaginations loose! Tickets are selling fast.

Saturday 12th November / Event 22
Location: The Lyric Theatre

To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

The Crime Thrillers – Dark Tales from Sophie Hannah and Janet Ellis

Agatha Christie once said that “very few of us are what we seem“. Sophie Hannah and Janet Ellis are two writers that know this well, and we welcome them together to the festival lineup this year.

Bestselling author of 10 books, Sophie Hannah presents two novels. The Narrow Bed revolves around a string of murders; best friends are killed with only a series of little books containing cryptic poetry to link them all. Sophie’s protagonist Kim has one of these books, yet no best friend. Running out of time and answers, she must discover why she has been singled out in a journey that The Independent thinks treads “the delicate line between the ordinary and the monstrous”. Secondly, and with the blessing of the Agatha Christie Estate, Sophie contributes an instalment of Hercule Poirot’s adventures. Termed “delicious” by The Financial Times, Closed Casket sees the famous detective struggle to understand the motive behind a murder victim’s apparent desire to provoke the crime.

Joining these books is the debut novel from multi-accomplished Janet Ellis. Praised by bestseller Hannah Kent for being “strange, dark, and utterly mesmeric”, The Butcher’s Hook is a compelling historic thriller set in Georgian London. Taken advantage of by her mentor, Janet’s protagonist Anne is brought face to face with her powerless reality. She is comforted by the presence of butcher’s apprentice, Fub, and when she resolves to pursue him despite her parent’s wishes, Anne must prepare for the consequences. Dealing with the obsessive, destructive and ensnaring nature of love and envy, this novel climaxes in an enthralling denouement. Neither of these authors are to be missed and luckily they are set to speak together – so you needn’t fear.

Catch them while you can, tickets are still available for a limited time. Be prepared for an utter treat.

Wednesday 9th November / Event 14
Time: 2.30 pm
Tickets: £10
Location: The Bull Hotel

To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

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Birth of the Blog!

Welcome to the Bridport Literary Festival blog!

This is a new platform for us to share festival information, explore literary curios and read up on authorial tidbits. You’ll find links to our social media sites at the bottom of the page, along with a link to the 2016 festival brochure in the navigation menu. Fast approaching its twelfth year in action, this is our grand debut in the world of blogging, and we have plenty to shout about. Watch this space for features on some fantastic novels, our wonderful guest authors, and a few miscellaneous gems to satiate England’s adventurous bookworms.

See you all in November!

 

Any queries? Contact esmeraldawrites@gmail.com, 2016 Blog Director.