This week I have been indulging myself with a talk by the wonderful Kate Adie, at The Bridport Literary Festival. Away from the frontline of war reporting, the BBC’s former chief news correspondent has now relocated to Dorset and written a book about some of the unsung heroes of World War I: women. Her talk was fascinating, focusing on specific contributions made by women in and around Bridport from 1914-18 and the legacy they left. I had no idea that the Bridport rope industry – which dates back hundreds of years – was called in for the war effort, with women making thousands of nets for the Navy and Army. Adie’s talk touched on the roles of several key women from the area; it was thought-provoking, humbling and inspiring in equal measure. All delivered by a truly great journalist and woman whose own legacy speaks for itself. I couldn’t resist hovering at the end to meet Adie in person and get my brand new copy of Fighting on the Home Front signed.
The talk at Bridport’s Electric Palace formed part of Kate Adie’s UK book tour – if she’s visiting a venue near you, grab a ticket and enjoy.