Bridport Literary Festival 2021

Sladers Yard is delighted to host the following events for the

Tickets are available from the Bridport TIC 01308 424901 |

Event 3 | Harbottle and Jonas | An Entertainment in Words and Music

Sunday 7 November 12 noon followed by Lunch

£12.00 / £25.00

Harbottle and Jonas – An entertainment in words and music

Dave and Freya are both partners in life and in music. This dynamic duo combine the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful song-writing. They have developed a distinct and compelling signature sound blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and cittern with their magical and closely intertwined vocal harmonies. We welcome them to Sladers Yard to perform songs from their latest album On the Beacon which they wrote during lockdown in their home on Dartmoor.

Event 16 | Mark Hix | When The Chips Are Down

Tuesday 9 November 2021 6.30pm followed by delicious Café Sladers two-course dinner

Tickets: £12.00/ £25.00

The Journey from Restaurant Empire to Fish Truck – and back again…..

During lockdown Dorset born chef,  foodwriter and restaurateur Mark Hixembarked upon exciting new ventures. Since the Spring of 2020, with his characteristic positivity, energy and creativity he opened The Oyster andFish Truck pitched outside his favourite farm shop on the A35;  reopened his famous Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis;  and opened a new restaurant at The Fox Inn, a hidden gem nestled in glorious countryside near Beaminster.  His astonishing  library of cookbooks can also be found there. Mark’s talent to bring an abundance of foods from local farmers, gamekeepers and fishermen as well as local beers and spirits is unrivalled, as is his reputation.

Tickets are available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901 |

Purchase a ticket including the meal afterwards provided by Café Sladers, not Mark Hix.

Mark Hix will be in conversation with Prue Keely. Prue Keely was for many years in broadcast journalism which included LBC, Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4. She has embraced the not-for-profit life of Boards – among other the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Portland and the Arts University Bournemouth.  She lives in Dorset and London.

Event 27 | Christopher Reid | The Late Sun

Thursday 11th November 2021 6.30 pm

Tickets: £12.00 / £25.00 for a delicious two-course dinner to follow

Christopher Reid – The Late Sun

In conversation with James Crowden

Christopher Reid’s new book of poetry The Late Sun sustains a delicate balance between memorialisation of the recently dead and a celebration of the vitality of the living. Early in this evocative collection is a set of poems about the poet’s mother, who died in great age after a life of exotic travel, and his own travels and his sense of both place and displacement. He explores London, where he lives and the Mediterranean, which he loves. We are delighted to have a poet of his stature with us who will talk about his work and read from his collection. A delicious dinner afterwards is optional.

Christopher Reid is the author of many books of poems including A Scattering (2009) winner of the Costa Book of the Year award and The Song of Lunch (also 2009) which was made into a film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. More recently, Robert Bathurst has created and acted in a theatrical presentation of both these two volumes, under the title: Love, Loss and Chianti. Reid has also written a companion book to TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats entitled: Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs published in 2018. He is currently working on an edition of Seamus Heaney’s letters.