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Broadchurch Writer Opens New Library

Chris Chibnall Budmouth

6:57am 27th September 2013

The writer of the infamous locally-set TV series, Broadchurch, has been inspiring young authors at Budmouth College.

Chris Chibnall officially opened their new library yesterday and answered some tough questions from keen students.

Wessex FM caught up with him at the opening to ask some questions of our own. Chris credited libraries with inspiring him in the first place, "I think local libraries are the absolute life blood of a community. When I was the same age as the students here I remember reading The Women in White by Wilkie Collins, I read Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy... that stayed with me forever and I would never have done that without a library."

He said he could spot some very promising writers amongst the crowd, "All of the students I spoke to were really smart; they asked me some really difficult questions! I hope the thing I passed on to them is that it's completely achievable... I was very supported along the way, but I certainly think there are some people who would make great writers and hopefully they'll go home tonight and keep writing."

However what we really wanted to know was if the next series of Broadchurch would be set in Dorset...

"Just because I've written one love letter to the Jurassic Coast, doesn't mean I wouldn't write another one to the Jurassic Coast, but that's all I'm telling you! We've got the same producer signed up, we'll have some of the same directors, a lot of the same team, and everybody wants to come back. We had a great time making it; everyone down here was so supportive locally."

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