Wednesday 22 May - Sunday 2 June

The Independent Bath Literature Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2015
Friday 27 February – Sunday 8 March

Welcome to The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2015. It’s our 20th Anniversary so we’re really pushing the boat out this year. In two decades the Festival has grown from a couple of dozen talks in 1995 to a ten day packed programme of more than 200 authors from all over the world.

Take our online Festival survey, which should take no longer than five minutes to complete.  By completing this survey you will be automatically entered into our prize draw to win a pair of Bath Spa Twilight Packages, a year’s joint Penfriends membership subscription and a selection of books from the Festival.

We’re thrilled to welcome back three truly great novelists as our stellar Anniversary Authors: Kazuo Ishiguro, Rachel Cusk and David Nicholls, all of whom appeared in Bath in 2005.

Don’t miss The Election Special with Kamal Ahmed, Richard Madeley interviewing Judy Finnigan, James Naughtie, Annette Badland and many more … (please note the Simon Schama event has been cancelled)

 

What's On

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Friday 06 March

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Jennifer Scott on Gold
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
H1
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Start That Novel
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
H2
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LITERARY WALK: SHOPFRONTS AND GHOST SIGNS
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
L4
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The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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Magna Carta – The Foundation of Freedom
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
H3
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The Poets’ Daughters – Katie Waldegrave
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
H4
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The Private Life of George III
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
H5
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GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
H6
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Sofka Zinovieff: The Mad Boy
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
H7
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Salon London – Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 20th Century
7:00 PM
9:00 PM
Holburne Museum
£9 (£8)
H8
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Kazuo Ishiguro
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
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The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
H9

Saturday 07 March

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The Chancery of Lost and Found
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
Forgotten-romantics
LITERARY WALK: BATH’S FORGOTTEN ROMANTICS
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
L6
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Bath Poetry Café
10:30 AM
9:30 PM
BRLSI
FREE
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Antonia Fraser: My History
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Theatre Royal
£10
J2
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Mr & Mrs Disraeli
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J3
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Mary Portas: Shop Girl
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J1
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Moving on in Self-Publishing
12:15 PM
1:30 PM
Mineral Hospital
£10 (£9)
J4
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Poetry Workshop with Chrys Salt
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
Holburne Museum
£30 (£28)
J7
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Feminism and the Impact of the Digital Age with Sarah Brown, Sarah Bailey and Suzanne Moore
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J5
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Kidnap in Crete: Rick Stroud on Patrick Leigh Fermor
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J6
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Judy Finnigan: In Conversation with Richard Madeley
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Komedia
£9 (£8)
B14
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Mark Cocker and Tim Dee
2:15 PM
3:15 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
J8
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John Maynard Keynes
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J10
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Fashion on the Ration
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J9
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Literary Walk: Trains and Boats and Planes
3:00 PM
5:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
J11
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The Rise of Chinaphobia: Christopher Frayling
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J12
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The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize: Shortlist Announcement
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J13
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Åsne Seierstad
5:15 PM
6:15 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
J14
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A Product of Their Time? Modern British Art in Context
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Holburne Museum
£8 (£7)
J15
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Alison Weir
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
J19
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Inside Out
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
The egg Theatre
£3
J16
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Linda Grant and Sadie Jones
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J17
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Inside the Kremlin: Catherine Merridale
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J18

Sunday 08 March

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LITERARY WALK: BATH’S FORGOTTEN ROMANTICS
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
K1
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Big Bath Read 2015 – Sadie Jones’ Small Wars
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K4
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Celia Imrie
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
K2
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The Chancery of Lost and Found
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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Margaret Heffernan
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
K5
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Annette Badland reads: Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
K6
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How to Win a Novel Award
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K7
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Playing Big: Women, Leadership and Power
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
K8
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Around the World in 10 Books – Scott Pack and Ann Morgan
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K9
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Bletchley Girls – Tessa Dunlop
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
K10
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Poetry: Rachael Boast and Chrys Salt
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K12
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Simon Schama: The Story in History
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
K11
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ELECTION SPECIAL WITH BBC NEWS’ KAMAL AHMED: WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRITISH POLITICS?
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K11
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Jon Ronson
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
K13
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Truth in Writing – Rachel Cusk and Andrew O’Hagan
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K14

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