Bridport Literary Festival

The Bridport Literary Festival, now in its eighth year, is a feast of literary events taking place in venues all around the market town of Bridport, including The Bull Hotel, The Electric Palace, The Town Hall and Arthur Watson's Riverside Restaurant.

Writers and speakers have been drawn to this lively festival and to Bridport which lies on the edge on one of the most beautiful parts of Dorset - 12 miles west of the county town of Dorchester, 12 miles east of Lyme Regis and within walking distance of the Jurassic Coastline, now a World Heritage Site.

The programme of events is always an stimulating mix of literary speakers, lively debates and illustrated talks given by many of the most influential published writers working here in the UK and abroad.

Over the years, a galaxy of speakers have included Michael Holroyd, Claire Tomalin, Max Hastings, Tim Smit, John Julius Norwich, Alan Titchmarsh, Jonathan Powell, William Shawcross, Margaret Drabble and Andrew Graham Dixon.

Dates for 2012 are Sunday 11 - Sunday 18 November and speakers confirmed include Michael Frayn, Tom Holland and Victoria Glendinning.

Festival Director, Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, writes:
"Everyone involved with The Bridport Literary Festival is passionate about books and we have established an excellent reputation with writers and with publishers as well as with our audiences who travel to Bridport from across the county and from much further afield. We provide a wide range of events to please everyone during the dark and gloomy days of November and this year we are to announce a very special new development."

For latest information on the programme of events and how to book tickets, see

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