Paxman and Paddy to speak at literary festival

Waterstones and Kitson & Trotman are the main sponsors of this year’s Bridport Literary Festival. Pictured above (from left to right) are Bridport Waterstones manager Nick Macey, Kitson & Trotman partners Richard King and Jason Hodnett, Bridport Literary Festival director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, and Kitson & Trotman partner Tracy Scammell

A BRIDPORT solicitors and book store have joined forces to sponsor this year’s Bridport Literary Festival.

Taking place from November 6th to November 13th, the celebration of books and literature is hosting a range of talks and activities in venues across the town.

This year’s festival includes talks from journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown, as well as TV presenters Alan Titchmarsh and Ben Fogle. Both Kitson & Trotman and Waterstones are the main sponsors for the festival this year.

Festival director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart said: “The festival is now in its 12th year and grows from strength to strength, but we do rely on the generosity and support of our main sponsors, Kitson & Trotman Solicitors and Waterstones, who are unfailing in their enthusiasm and generosity.”

Richard King, a partner of Kitson & Trotman, said the firm was pleased to support Bridport Literary Festival.

He said: “We sponsor a number of events in the area and always look forward to the festival. It is such a good event for the town.”

Waterstones manager Nick Macey said that books by the writers who are speaking at the event are now starting to arrive at Waterstones.

The bookshop on East Street is stocking copies of all the books that are the subject of the week of talks and will also be at each event so that people can buy the books and get them signed by the authors.

Mr Macey said: “It is a lot of hard work but always great fun. There are some really interesting people coming this year.”

Tanya Bruce-Lockhart added: “As well as Jeremy Paxman and Ben Fogle, events include Philip Eade talking about his biography of Evelyn Waugh, Edward Wilson-Lee talking about the hazards of producing Shakespeare in Africa and the Queens of Crime, Sophie Hannah and Janet Ellis, sharing some of their crime writing secrets.”

For more information about Bridport Literary Festival and a list of all events, visit

Bridport & Beaminster Reporter| Lottie is currently studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism through a distance learning course and joined the paper in April 2014 on a freelance basis, becoming a staff reporter in January 2015. She is now the reporter for the View From Bridport and View From Beaminster papers.