The Bridport Open Book Festival
Organised by the founders of the prestigious Bridport Prize, this year’s Bridport Open Book Festival is definitely one for the calendar.
The festival takes place from the 19th to the 26th of November, and includes music, film and writing workshops, as well as readings from a combination of up-and-coming and established writers (including this year’s Bridport Prize judges – Carol Ann Duffy and AL Kennedy).
The Bridport Prize offers over £15000 in prize money each year to exceptional short story, poetry and flash fiction writers, and its list of previous prize-winners includes Riptide writers Graham Mort, Adam Marek and Vanessa Gebbie. The festival that now accompanies the prize is testimony to ongoing support for the arts, in spite of the economic downturn.