Bridport Arts & Crafts

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A graffiti stencil of an origami crane catching goldfish on the River Lym in Lyme Regis has been confirmed as a Banksy after it appeared on the graffiti artist's website


194 schools and other educations settings in the South West region are amongst the 1,580 across England which have been successful in achieving an Artsmark award.

Arts projects showcasing the diversity of budding talent in the South West included a flash mob, ukulele choir, maypole dancing, mural painting, windbreak weaving, clay sculpting, poetry writing, carnival dancing and drumming, puppet and mask making, mosaics, songs, musicals and a rock gig.

twitchKevin Parr has launched his idea for “The Twitch”, a book about a fanatic bird watcher who will do anything to beat his rivals, with, the award-winning, crowd-funded publisher. The book’s darkly comic plot focuses on the intriguing world of “twitching”, competitive bird watching that can involve travelling great distances to catch a glimpse of a rare bird. Readers can read an extract from the book and watch a pitch video on the Unbound website and if they like the idea, pledge support to make the book happen. If the book gets enough support, it will be published.

art to buyBridport Radio has developed this website for Richard Gould's art gallery featuring oil, watercolour, landscape and maritime paintings from the 19th and 20th century.

Please view Art to Buy at



The international writing competition announces the 2011 winners judged by  CAROL ANN DUFFY  and  AL KENNEDY

"Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It's not just the money - though that's not to be sneezed at - it’s a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment.'”  Fay Weldon, patron

  • Terry Jones wins the £5,000 first prize for poetry
  • Kitty Aldridge wins the £5,000 first prize for short story
  • Becky Tipper wins the £1,000 first prize for flash fiction

thats-reet-boy-1A new book documenting the ludicrous tales of Dorset village life as seen through the eyes of fictional pensioner Harry Cocque, a very old gentleman currently residing in the Piddlewell Moorhen Rest Home for the faintly bewildered (but non-violent).

That’s Reet Boy! is a collection of hilarious anecdotes that Harry recalls from his childhood, as he grows up in rural Dorset between the two world wars.

Bridport photographer Graham Wiffen is celebrating having been awarded ‘Commended’ in the 2011 Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. The image will be in this year’s Take a View book, available from 31st October, and as part of an exhibition in London at the National Theatre.

butterworth-005Local artist Richard Butterworth absolutely loves living in Bridport and wished to make his contribution to the community. So he decided to create a poster of  Bridport & West Bay, and another about the Jurassic Coast.

They make wonderful, stylish, eye-catching, informative souvenirs for the tourists, who we hope will be visiting the Bridport Festival and the Olympic Games next year, to take home!

About the Artist

'Richard was born in 1932 in Dublin and spent his formative years in Dunmore East, Waterford.

He studied Graphic Art at Winchester School of Art, and from 1950 to 1960 worked as Art Director for Rediffusion, Southern Television in England and Telefis Eireann in Dublin.

toppy tours the dinosaursToppy Tours the Dinosaurs, is a charming book for 0-5 year olds.

The books illustrations are bright, bold and simple. With one sentence per page it is sure to engage a young child's attention. Under the text is a wee bit of dinosaur translation silly enough to appeal to the humour of children and children at heart as well.

In this book Toppy views portraits of his dinosaur ancestors in a museum on the Jurassic Coast to discover why he is a good and kind and strong and noble and happy and ever so silly dinosaur.

It is the first in a new series of books written by Elizabeth Mulderig

Buy now from Bridport Radio for £4.99 (includes mainland UK postage)


Local  signwriter Jemma Thompson has just gilded the town hall weather vane as part of the refurbishments. If you would like to commission Jemma you can contact her here: Studio 8 Unit 10 St Michaels Trading Estate. Tel 07941373055

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