INSPIRED BY THE FIRST EVER PURBECK LITERARY FESTIVAL KICKING OFF THIS WEEK, WE DECIDED TO CHECK OUT WHAT ELSE IS COMING UP FOR FICTION AND FILM BUFFS…
The Purbeck Literary Festival is in full swing, but don’t worry, there is still a fortnight of literary events to come! Writing workshops, poetry nights, Q and As and story-slams will be running daily throughout the area this week, featuring the works of Enid Blyton, T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and contemporary authors, many of whom lived in or were inspired by Purbeck. The festival has been designed for all ages, with plenty of indoor events but for those who fancy a walk, there are also trails including Wareham’s Literary Links and a Lawrence of Arabia trail, as well as a display of vintage Enid Blyton books at Blanchard’s bookshop in Swanage. One of the many highlights is the chance to have afternoon tea with Dorset-based crime
writer Minette Walters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages and her novel “The Ice House” was awarded Britain’s John Creasey Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year. She will be joined by another best-selling author Janet Gleeson discussing their work in Winfrith Village Hall on Saturday March 1.Tickets are still available for many of the events so get booking!
If film is more your thing then make sure you catch Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Electric Palace. Attracting sold out audiences across the globe, the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is visiting Bridport for the first time with a selection of extraordinary short films from the world’s leading adventure film makers. Approximately 300 films are entered into the film festival annually, and the top 60 films are selected to be shown at the festival. The Banff World Tour team then chooses about 25 films that feature a range of styles and themes,
including incredible footage of adrenaline packed action sports and inspiring thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. Get your tickets for Thursday 20th March now, most UK dates are already sold out.
Combining the literary and film worlds, Bridport’s Page to Screen Festival is the UK’s only film festival celebrating the art of adapting books into films. This year, best-selling novelist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby will be in conversation with Jon Ronson, followed by a screening of A Long Way Down, an adaptation of Hornby’s 2005 novel, a dark comedy starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. DO NOT MISS THIS!