Bridport Literary Festival

Sladers Yard is delighted to be a venue again for the Bridport Literary Festival 9 – 16 November 2014.

Tickets for the Festival events are available from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01038 424901 with table reservations at Sladers Yard on 01308 459511.

The Festival opens here with:

Event 1: Sunday 9 November 12 noon

1914 – From Chandeliers to Annie Laurie with James Crowden

1914 coverJames Crowden gives verbatim accounts, poems and anecdotes which chart the fast moving events of 1914 and the progress of WWI from Mons and the Aisne to the stubborn defence at Ypres. Embedded in this new book are nurses’ accounts from Antwerp, chronicles of certain naval disasters involving U boats and descriptions of the Christmas ‘Truce’ which is forever associated with a German officer’s rendition of Annie Laurie on Christmas Eve. This new book is a poignant and moving collection of memories to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Tickets: £10/£22 with light lunch.


Event 9 Tuesday 11 November 6.30pm

WH Auden 1907 – 1973

Graham Fawcett

W H AudenWH Auden was a giant among poets of his generation; a master-craftsman of metrical rhythms, and a wonderfully adventurous organist of the English language. Nourished by his native Yorkshire and the treasures of the Anglo- Saxon and Middle English; traveller to Iceland, China, Spain and Berlin; closequarters commentator on politics, religion, philosophy, art and human relations, Auden translated his gifted perceptions into some of the finest and most substantial poems England and the world have ever seen. The experience of hearing him read from his work was tantamount to a conversation.

Tickets are SOLD OUT for Graham Fawcett’s WH Auden.

On Saturday 15 November Sladers Yard has an event outside the Literary Festival:

The Ian Smith Trio Dreaming Jazz in which the inimitable Ian Smith and fabulously talented friends play the jazz they love. Ian’s highly entertaining commentary is always a tremendous addition to the evening. Dinner from 6.30pm. Jazz from 8pm.

Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner. Please phone 01308 459511 to book.

Great Jazz and Art at Sladers Yard 2 copy



The Festival closes here with:

Event 25 Sunday 16 November 12 noon

The Poetry of Jazz and the Jazz of Poetry with The Ian Smith Trio

Ian Smith photo credit bill shakespeareharold-pinter-360x225We bring this year’s festival to a climax with the return of the brilliant Ian Smith Trio. As a musician, and composer of jazz settings for poetry, Ian has performed at major jazz festivals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and is a regular contributor to the Bridport Literary Festival with his blend of poetry, jazz, biography and humour. Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize Laureate, playwright and screenwriter, began a love affair with the Dorset landscape while filming: The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1980. His cherished annual returns to the county for more than 20 years entitle us to claim him as a Dorset writer. Ian Smith was a close friend of Harold Pinter over many years, and is author of: Pinter in the Theatre to which Pinter contributed a foreword. Both shared a love of jazz and this year’s Ian Smith entertainment will explore some of the deep connections between music and Pinter’s writing.

Tickets: £15 or £30 with lunch to follow at Sladers Yard’s award-winning Licenced Cafe.

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