Coming to Bridport this Autumn…

McCall Smith poster    Lewis Dartnell poster

We are delighted and excited to announce that Alexander McCall Smith and Dr Lewis Dartnell are coming to Bridport this Autumn thanks to two events organised by Bridport Literary Festival, which will support the fundraising efforts for the restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute.

Both events will be held at The Electric Palace. Tickets for the Alexander McCall Smith talk are now on sale at Bridport Tourist Information Centre: £12 in advance, £15 on the door.  Tickets for the Dr Dartnell event (£12) will be on sale from 11 September.

Bridport TIC, Bucky Doo Square, South Street, Bridport. Tel: 01308 424901. Open: Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, Festival Director said “With such high profile speakers, we expect both of these events to be very popular so strongly urge people to get their tickets as soon as possible.”

Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator for the LSI restoration project said, “We are hugely grateful for the support of Bridport Literary Festival and the amount of time that Tanya has put into organising these events. The restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute is a major project for Bridport and we hope that work will begin on site early next year. We have very nearly raised the £2.6m required to fund the project, and with just £140k left to find we greatly appreciate the support of the Literary Festival in helping us reach that target.”

Alexander McCall Smith – talk at 11.00am on 6 October 2015, Electric Palace, Bridport
Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers through the world.

Dr Lewis Dartnell – talk at 2.30pm on 14 November 2015, Electric Palace, Bridport
Dr. Lewis Dartnell is a research scientist at University of Leicester, currently holding fellowships for both research and science popularisation.  After a first class degree in biology at the University of Oxford he completed a PhD in the field of astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth.

Alongside his research, Lewis writes regularly about science and technology for New Scientist, BBC Focus, Cosmos, and national newspapers, has a monthly column in BBC Sky at Night magazine and has won several awards for his science writing.