Little Toller strand at Bridport Literary Festival

News - Festivals Thursday, 23 August 2018

Nature publisher programmes events with its own authors and others

Little Toller, the Dorset-based nature and landscape writing publisher, has programmed a series of events for this year's Bridport Literary Festival. The festival runs from 4 to 11 November.

The Little Toller events will feature talks and interviews with nature writers including Tim Dee, whose new book Landfill comes from the publisher in October; fellow Little Toller author Hetty Saunders, whose My House of Sky is the first biography of the writer JA Baker; Gregory Norminton (The Devil's Highway, 4th Estate) and Abi Andrews (The Word for Woman Is Wilderness, Serpent's Tail).

Jon Woolcott of Little Toller Books said: "We wanted to find a way to bring writers together who are interested in themes of place and nature, and so when our local book festival came to us, we jumped at the chance. We've programmed a small strand this year, and we've included writers like Gregory and Abi, who we don't publish ourselves, but admire greatly."

Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, festival director, said: "Little Toller is a splendid, independent publisher and so it seemed logical to ask them to bring their own brand of writing to the festival. Nature writing has increased in popularity as we are all becoming more aware of our environment and how nature is having to adapt to climatic and environmental changes, so this collaboration is perfect for our audience."

The Little Toller events will take place at the recently refurbished Literary and Scientific Institute in the centre of Bridport.

Other writers attending the festival this year include Fiona Sampson, Fay Weldon, Tim Pears, James Holland, Patrick Gale, Laurent St John, Mark Cocker, Prue Leith, Robin Knox-Johnston and Antony Beevor.

Tickets can be bought online at or from Bridport Tourist Information on 01308 424901.

Photo: Bridport - West Bay harbour

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