Friday 26 February - Sunday 6 March

The Independent Bath Literature Festival has been superseded by The Bath Festival, a new multi-arts festival with literature and music at the heart. Read more

The Independent Bath Literature Festival Friday 26 February – Sunday 6 March 2016.

The 2016 Festival is now over, in the year we celebrated our 21st birthday and record sales, we also bid a sad farewell to Viv Groskop who has been the Artistic Director of the Independent Bath Literature Festival for the last three years.

We would also like to thank all the authors, publishers, publicists, volunteers and AUDIENCES who made the 2016 Festival such a success. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Happy 21st everyone! We’ll see you soon.

 

What's On

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Monday 01 February

Big Bath Read – Claire Fuller’s ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Stoke Inn, Chew Stoke
Free (although ticketed)

Thursday 11 February

Big Bath Read – Claire Fuller’s ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Keynsham Library
Free (although ticketed)

Friday 26 February

Sonnet Walk
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Southgate
Free
PAT BARKER: NOONDAY
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Saturday 27 February

Voices in the City
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
Bath City Centre
Free
SEBASTIAN FAULKS: WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Forum
£12 (£10) – Under 18s receive 50% off!
THE 101 GREATEST PLAYS WITH MICHAEL BILLINGTON
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Theatre Royal
£10
THE GREAT BATH EUROPE DEBATE: IN OR OUT?
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9) Under 18's receive 50% off!
ASK A LITERARY CONSULTANT
11:15 AM
12:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Alice Roberts – The Celts
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
DJ TAYLOR: THE PROSE FACTORY
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Masonic Hall
£9 (£8)
The Big Bath Read: Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Keynsham Community Space
£5 (£3)
The Independent Great British Popular Culture Debate
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Arlene Heyman: Scary Old Sex
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Stalin’s Englishman – The Lives of Guy Burgess
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
Gloria Steinem: A Life in Feminism
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Forum
£12 (£10) Under 18's receive 50% off!
Vince Cable
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Erwin James – Bliss is…Freedom
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Neil Jordan
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
Women and the Ageing Process – the Truth
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Poetry Salon: Tim Liardet and Rebecca Perry
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Isy Suttie – The Actual One
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
Shakespeare Rattle and Roll
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
Victoria Hall, Radstock
£5 (£3)
An Evening with Al Murray, the Pub Landlord
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Forum
£12 (£10)
Shakespeare Gala: Celebrating 400 Years
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
Guildhall
£15 (£12) – Under 18s receive 50% off!

Sunday 28 February

Joan Bakewell
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Creating Suspense – Sam Baker and Susie Steiner
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
A Refugee’s Life
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
The Twenty One Best Ever Coming-Of-Age Novels
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8(£7)
Jo Marchant: Cure
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Jonathan Glancey: The Concorde
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (8)
Writing for the Screen
1:30 PM
4:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
Literary Walk: Bath in 1766
2:30 PM
4:30 PM
Meeting place on ticket
£9 (£8)
Jonathan Fenby on France
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
The Big Bath Read: Claire Fuller
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Bel Mooney: Lifelines
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
Misha Glenny: Nemesis
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Japan Now – Soji Shimada and Kyoko Yoshida
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Marian Keyes
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
The State of the Middle East
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Rosie Millard and Elizabeth Day: The City in Fiction
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
The Abbey Hotel
£9 (£8)
Writing History – Stephanie Merritt and Kate Williams
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
Jonathan Dimbleby
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (8)

Monday 29 February

Literary Walk: Bath in 1766
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9 (£8)
Stealing the Scene
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
Max Arthur: Churchill A Life in Pictures
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Christina Lamb
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Thomas Packenham – The Company of Trees
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
A C Grayling – The Age of the Genius
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
An Alternative History of the 20th Century
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Harry Mount’s Odyssey
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
The Real Science Behind What We Eat
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Literary Walk: A Victorian Pub Crawl
5:30 PM
7:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9(£8)
Iris Murdoch – In Her Own Words
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Daisy Dunn: Catullus
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Tahrir Square – 5 Years On
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Poetry Salon: Greta Stoddart and Gerard Woodward
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Tuesday 01 March

Paul Cox: Wellington
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Edward Lucas: Cyber Security
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Anna Pavord: Landskipping
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Saving Bletchley Park
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Literary Walk: Windows and Things
2:30 PM
4:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9 (£8)
Carol Drinkwater: The Forgotten Summer
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Caroline Alexander: Bliss is… the Iliad
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Romeo and Juliet in Palestine
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
David Smith: Something Will Turn Up
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Adam Sisman: John le Carré
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Tessa Hadley & Deborah Moggach
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Wednesday 02 March

Literary Walk: Windows and Things
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Meeting place on ticket
£9 (£8)
Patrick Barkham – Coastlines
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8(£7)
Harry Parker: Bliss is…Floating
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Bringing Words to Life with Tessa Hadley
2:30 PM
5:30 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
Robert Service: The End of the Cold War
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Cake – A Slice of History
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Janet Ellis and Prue Leith
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Helen Stevenson: Bliss is…Making Music
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Literary Walk: A Victorian Pub Crawl
5:30 PM
7:30 PM
(On ticket)
£9
Brian Blessed
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Katharine Norbury and Lucy Wood: Landscape and Literature
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
The Creative Writing Feast
6:30 PM
8:30 PM
Komedia
Tales Before Shakespeare – Part 1
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Thursday 03 March

Get Writing with Alex and Jude
10:00 AM
1:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (28)
Velázquez
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Levison Wood – Walking the Himalayas
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
Theatre Royal
£10
Marc Allum’s Antique Almanacs
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Writing Short Stories with Gerard Woodward
2:00 PM
5:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
Literary Walk: Green Park Remembered
2:30 PM
4:30 PM
(On ticket)
£9
Ingrid Seward: The Queen’s Speeches
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Oliver Morton: The Planet Remade
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Jamie Cullum: In Conversation
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Edward Wilson-Lee: Shakespeare in Swahililand
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Fresh Talent: Bloomsbury’s New Writing Showcase
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Lost: Young Writers Labs Showcase
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£3
Understanding China Part 2
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Hollie McNish and Vanessa Kisuule
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G15 Alison Oddey in: A Gift for Eleonora
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Roman Baths
£15
G15
Literary Death Match
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
The Abbey Hotel – Igloo
£9 (£8)
G16 Alison Oddey in: A Gift for Eleonora
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
Roman Baths / Pump Rooms
£20
G16

Friday 04 March

Jennifer Scott: On Impressionism
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Dining with the Georgians
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Jane Ridley on Queen Victoria
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
In the footsteps of Mary Wollstonecraft
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Literary Walk: The Circus
2:30 PM
4:30 PM
Meeting place on ticket
£9 (£8)
Lucinda Hawksley: Charles Dickens and His Circle
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Be Inspired!
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
David Aaronovitch – Party Animals: Growing Up a Communist
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Scott Pack – The Mathematics of Publishing
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Tracy Chevalier
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Linda Blair – Streamline Your Life
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Ben Miller – The Aliens Are Coming!
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
The Graphic Novel
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Shakespeare Rattle and Roll
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
Beacon hall, Peasedown St John
£5 / £3

Saturday 05 March

Literary Walk: The Circus
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9 (£8)
Christine Riding – Art and the War at Sea
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Emma Bridgewater: Pattern
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Politics Live Part 1 – The Economy: The View from Inside Westminster
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Today’s Russia: Putin’s Path to Power
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Melanie Windridge: Northern Lights
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
The Importance of the Short Story
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Bath Pitchfest
2:00 PM
5:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28) - £50 (£45) *
Celia Imrie: In Conversation
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Urban Landscapes
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Around the World in 10 Books
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Robert Welch – A Celebration
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
Abbey Hotel
£20 *
John Suchet on the Strauss Dynasty
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£8(£7)
Margaret MacMillan: History’s People
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Kat Arney: Herding Hemingway’s Cats
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Matthew Syed: Black Box Thinking
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Matt Haig: Reasons to Stay Alive
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Dom Joly
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Oliver James: Not in Your Genes
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Tales Before Shakespeare – Part 2
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Sunday 06 March

Michael Pattemore: My Lynda
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Politics Live Part 2 – After the Paris Attack
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Harry Leslie Smith
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (8)
I Call Myself A Feminist
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Aftershock – From Combat to Civilian Life
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Cameron at No. 10 – The Inside Story 2010-2015
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£8(£7)
Daphne Selfe: The Way We Wore
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Liza Klaussman and Naomi Wood: On Hemingway
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Literary Walk: Green Park Remembered
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Meeting place on ticket
£9 (£8)
Austentatious
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£12 (£10)
Quentin Letts: The Speaker’s Wife
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Sunil Khilnani
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Stephen McGann: Dr Turner’s Casebook
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

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