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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

The melodrama, Dope Under Thorncombe, was made at the end of the 1930's by hairdresser Frank Trevett and a group of friends. It was written by Bridport thriller writer Andrew Spiller.

In 2009 Windrose Rural Media Trust commissioned a new musical score by Rachel Leach to accompany the film

taylor_colmers_hillMarion Taylor Bridport Artist.

Most of Marion's inspiration is drawn from her beloved Dorset and the hills and valleys which surround her West Dorset home.

Bridport Open Studios
Studio in the Attic
St Michael's Trading Estate

Local author Dave Mort who wrote "Money for Old Rope" has just published a new book called "Bye, Bye Miss American Pie" which charts the history of America through 1955 to 1975 told through thirty jukebox tracks that have become synonymous with that period, including five by Bob Dylan.

romance-bridport-300x228Bridport Museum is part of the exciting new national project ‘Your Paintings’.  The Public Catalogue Foundation is working in conjunction with the BBC to launch this incredible website which they describe as an ‘opportunity to tell the world about your collection’. With not enough space to display works of art, museums and galleries have paintings tucked away behind the scenes which often don’t see the light of day. This is a chance to make them ‘accessible’.  There are 63,000 paintings currently online, the target being 200,000.


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