Friends booking open for BridLit 2021

THERE is a full programme of leading authors for this year’s Bridport Literary Festival, with plenty of excitement to brighten the darkest of November days.

Last year’s event, cut short because of Covid restrictions, was one of the few literary festivals in the country to go ahead. This year, the organisers are pulling out all the stops to make BridLit 2021, from 7th to 13th November, a festival to remember.

Key speakers include Lord Sumption, Marina Wheeler, Emma Soames, Alan Johnson, Lord Hain and Christina Lamb.

Festival director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart says: “Once again, BridLit has something for everyone. After a disrupted programme last year, we’re determined to make the 2021 festival more intriguing, illuminating and entertaining than ever before.”

General booking is from Monday 30th August but priority booking for Friends of BridLit is open for three weeks from Monday 9th August.  Tickets are available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre on 01308 424901.

There is a special day for friends, sponsors and donors on Monday 20th September, with a series of three fascinating talks at Bridport Arts Centre.

Lachlan Goudie will talk about The Story of Scottish Art at 11am, Tom Fort, author of the popular A303: Highway to the Sun, will be on stage at 2.30pm talking about Casting Shadows, the history of freshwater fishing in Britain, and at 4.30pm Andrew Ziminski will talk about his book, The Stonemason: a History of Building Britain.

The Story of Scottish Art journeys through 5,000 years of Scottish art. Since the neolithic era, creativity has played a vital role in shaping the course of Scotland’s history. Artist Lachlan Goudie’s tale is one of radicals and visionaries, artists with an international mind-set and a bold sense of their heritage who resolved to create work on the frontline of Western art and culture.

Casting Shadows explores the secret, silent world of Britain’s freshwater fish and the art and industry of fishing, spanning thousands of years. Tom Fort also assesses the dangers facing many species and water environments with an appeal to protect the underwater world from industrial fishing and farming.

The Stonemason, the story of the building of Britain, is part archaeological history and part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft. In his 35-year career Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of the country’s greatest structures, from neolithic monoliths and Roman baths and temples to Salisbury Cathedral, the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial Revolution and up to the present day.

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