Bridport Arts Centre is a creative arts organisation at the heart of the West Dorset community, reaching out to inspire, engage and entertain.
The Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition was founded by Peggy Chapman-Andrews in 1973, the same year Bridport Arts Centre was opened, as a way of raising funds to support the Arts Centre's work. It has grown to become the Arts Centre's flagship project and still raises vital funds each year to support the continuation of their work.
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The Bridport Open Book Festival takes place each October and culminates with the Bridport Prize-giving lunch attended by the judges and winners, in 2017 to be held on Saturday 21 October. Full details of Open Book events will be confimed in due course and will be the usual exciting mix of readings, film, music and workshops and events for young people and families.
Created by and based at the Bridport Arts Centre From Page to Screen is the UK’s only film festival celebrating the art of adapting books into films. Featuring new and classic adaptations, fascinating discussions and workshops with authors, screenwriters, directors and film academics, the festival is a highlight of Bridport's vibrant arts scene and an essential date in the cultural calendar.
A M Heath represent a broad range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, biographers, and children's authors. A M Heath receive the Bridport Prize shortlisted stories each year.
“We think the prize always throws up fantastic writers and it has great standing within the literary world.” Euan Thorneycroft, A M Heath
The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.
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