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. 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.

Also joining the 20th anniversary celebrations are … Mary Portas, Alastair Campbell, the fabulous Austentatious and Simon Schama. Jon Snow returns to chair ‘The American Dream is Dead’ debate with Justin Webb, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and more. Melvyn Bragg, Jonathan Dimbleby, Kate Tempest and friends pay tribute to Ted Hughes (whose sold out event at the 1995 festival was one of his last major public appearances). Sarah Brown, wife of former PM Gordon, Polly Toynbee and Xiaolu Guo plus Omid Djalili and Helen Lederer at the Great Big Comedy Night. Plus Richard Madeley interviews Judy Finnigan, Celia Imrie, Annette Badland and Kate Mosse, Elif Shafak, Lynne Truss and many more …

General booking opens Monday 19 January, or benefit from priority booking on Friday 2 January 2015 by becoming a friend or patron

What's On

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Monday 19 January

Small Wars (PB)
Big Bath Read: Bookclub 1 – Stoke Inn
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Chew Stoke Hub at the Stoke Inn
£3

Wednesday 21 January

Small Wars (PB)
Big Bath Read: Bookclub 2 – Saltford Library
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Saltford Library
£3

Wednesday 04 February

Small Wars (PB)
Big Bath Read: Bookclub 3 – Keynsham Library
3:45 PM
4:45 PM
Keynsham Library
£3

Friday 27 February

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Winners and How They Succeed: Alastair Campbell
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
A1

Saturday 28 February

Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
Guo Xiaolu_1_Philippe Ciompi
Understanding China, the Country and the Myth
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B1
Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes: A Tribute
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
Forum
£15 (£12)
B2
HOMEPAGE IMAGE RE-SIZED
Voices in the City
12:00 PM
6:00 PM
Southgate
FREE
Tim_Clayton
Bonaparte and the British – Tim Clayton and Sheila O’Connell
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Masonic Hall
£8 (£7)
B3
Jonathan_Trigell
Writing the Past, Present and Future
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
Holburne Museum
£30 (£28)
B4
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Mark Bostridge: Vera Brittain and the First World War
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B7
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Martin Wolf
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B5
Shami_Chakrabarti_CR_Jo_Metson-Scott
Shami Chakrabarti
2:15 PM
3:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
B6
Andrew_Roberts
Napoleon the Great – Andrew Roberts
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B11
Sarah_Churchwell
The Secret History of the American Dream
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£8)
B10
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Austentatious
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Forum
£15 (£12)
B9
Fair_Fight
Anna Freeman and Emma Hooper
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Keynsham Library
£5 (n/a)
B8
Elizabeth-day-author-journalist
Pin Drop
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
B12
Richard_and_Judy_CR_Bill_Waters
Judy Finnigan: In Conversation with Richard Madeley
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B14
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Symbols of Power
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B15
HOMEPAGE IMAGE RE-SIZED
Music for Shakespeare
5:30 PM
6:30 PM
Victoria Hall, Radstock
£6 (£5)
B13
Jon_Snow
Debate: The American Dream is Dead
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Forum
£15 (£12)
B16
John_McHugo
Syria at the Crossroads of History
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B18
Kate_Mosse_CR_Mark_Rusher
Kate Mosse – Bliss is … Adventure Fiction
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B17
Helen_Lederer
Alternative Comedy Night: Ab Fab’s Helen Lederer and guests
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£12 (£10)
B19

Sunday 01 March

Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
Voices in the City
12:00 PM
6:00 PM
Southgate
FREE
Anita Anand hi-res (2)
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
C1
You_Say_Potato HB
Ben and David Crystal
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
C2
Linda Blair author photo
Your Guide to Mindfulness
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
C3
Simon_Singh_cartoon_hi_res
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
C4
Etta_and_Otto_and_Russell_and_James
Bath Debut Writers – Anna Freeman and Emma Hooper
5:45 PM
6:45 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
C5
Matchbox Theatre
Michael Frayn: Matchbox Theatre – Thirty Short Entertainments
5:45 PM
6:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
C6
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Michelle Mone – My Fight to the Top
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
C7
James_Naughtie
James Naughtie
8:15 PM
9:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
C8

Monday 02 March

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Literary Walk: Beyond the North Gate
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
D1
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How to Write a Novel and Not Let Life Get in the Way
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
D2
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
Marc Morris 2012 (3)
King John – Treachery & Tyranny
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D4
Jane_Austens_Journeys
Jane Austen – Excursions of Pleasure
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D3
Gordon_Bloor
Gordon Bloor – How to Self-Publish
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D6
p23_Books
20th Anniversary Event: The Twenty Best Books of the Past Twenty Years
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
D5
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
Meg_Rosoff
The National Conversation: Fuelling Creative Minds with Meg Rosoff, Andrew Motion and Kevin Jones
5:00 PM
6:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
D8
Louise Stern (c) Steve Fisher
Outside of Language with Louise Stern
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D7
Impossible Exile
George Prochnik on Stefan Zweig
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
BRSLI
£8 (£7)
D9
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY DRINKER
Literary Walk: Lost Inns and Beerhouses
6:30 PM
8:30 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
D10
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Lynne Truss: Bliss is… The Sound of One’s Own Voice, Uninterrupted
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
D12
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The Elephant in the Room
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D11
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Poetry Slam
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
The Porter
£3
D13

Tuesday 03 March

The_Only_Friends_You_Need
How to Promote Your Self-Published Book
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
E1
Long-1-hi-res
World War One – James Long’s The Balloonist
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E2
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
4:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
OLDIE_LOGO_4col
Oldie Literary Lunch
12:00 PM
3:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
£62.50
E3
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The History of Neuroscience: Ben Shephard
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E4
Who_do_you_think_you_are_Cover
Who do you think you are? – Dan Waddell
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E5
SOUTHGATE 1
Literary Walk: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 25 years on
2:00 PM
4:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
E6
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Leningrad: Siege and Symphony
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E8
Tracy_Borman
The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant: Tracy Borman on Thomas Cromwell
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E7
Jean_Seaton_Pinkoes_and_Traitors
Why Do We Need the BBC – Have Your Say
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
E9
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Poetry: Blake Morrison
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E10
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The Darkest Hours
7:00 PM
8:15 PM
Midsomer Norton Library
£6 (£5)
E11
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David Nicholls
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
E12

Wednesday 04 March

Emma_Hooper
Music While You Write
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
F1
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
Remarkable Plants
Remarkable Plants that Shaped the World
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
F2
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Fay Weldon: Bliss is … Editing
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
F3
David_Kynaston_CR_Michael_Burns
David Kynaston
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
F5
Oliver_Kamm
Oliver Kamm – Accidence Will Happen
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
F4
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
Matthew_Dennison_CR_ STUART_BINGHAM
Vita Sackville-West
4:45 PM
5:45 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
F6
Gerard_Lyons
Gerard Lyons – The Consolations of Economics
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
F7
John_Crace
John Crace – A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
F10
p32_TheDeepestSeas
The Deepest Seas
7:30 PM
8:45 PM
Guildhall
£6 (£5)
F8
Indigo_Kings
Indigo Kings
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
Komedia
£15 (£12)
F9

Thursday 05 March

p32_Cafes
Sources of Culture: The Cafés of Europe
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
Komedia
FREE - ticketed (limited)
G1
Fair_Fight
Giving Characters a Voice
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
G2
Centuries of Change
Centuries Of Change: Dr Ian Mortimer
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
7:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
John Carey
John Carey – Bliss is … Beekeeping
12:45 PM
1:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G4
NEW KING STREET
Literary Walk: Shopfronts & Ghost Signs
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Streets of Bath (meeting place on ticket)
£9 (£8)
G5
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Matthew Plampin on Turner
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
G7
Elif_Shafak_CR_Zeynel_Abidin_2
Elif Shafak – Bliss is …Turkey
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G6
Emma_Bridgewater_CR_Andrew_Montgomery
Emma Bridgewater: Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G9
The Rich
The Rich
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
G8
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The Digital Debate: Have We Reached Overload?
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G10
Priya_Parmar_CR_Naomi_Nicholson
Priya Parmar on Vanessa Bell
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
G11
Omid_Djalili
In Conversation with Omid Djalili
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Komedia
£9 (£8)
G13
Cameron's Coup
Cameron’s Coup: How the Tories Took Britain to the Brink
7:45 PM
8:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G12
David Mills cropped
America Vs the World: The Great Big Comedy Night
9:00 PM
10:30 PM
Komedia
£12 (£10)
G14

Friday 06 March

Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott on Gold
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
H1
Writing_Events_Bath_logo
Start That Novel
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
H2
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
p38_MagnaCarter
Magna Carta – The Foundation of Freedom
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
H3
Katie_Waldegrave_CR_Gerard_Kelly
The Poets’ Daughters – Katie Waldegrave
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
H4
Janice_Hadlow_CR_Martin_Davidson
George III
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
H5
Diane_Coyle
GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
H6
Sofka_Zinovieff_CR_George_Vdokakis
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
Kazuo_Ishiguro_CR_Jeff_Cottenden
Kazuo Ishiguro
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Helen McGinn 2
The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
H9

Saturday 07 March

Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
HOMEPAGE IMAGE RE-SIZED
Bath Poetry Café
10:30 AM
9:30 PM
BRLSI
FREE
Antonia_Fraser_CR_Sue_Greenhill
Antonia Fraser: My History
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Theatre Royal
£10
J2
Mr_&_ Mrs_Disraeli
Mr & Mrs Disraeli
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J3
Mary Portas
Mary Portas: Shop Girl
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J1
Sandy_Osborne_CR_Rebecca_Millar_Photography
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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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
Julie_Summers_Fashion_on_the_Ration
Fashion on the Ration
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J9
RAILWAY VIADUCT
Literary Walk: Trains and Boats and Planes
3:00 PM
5:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
J11
Yellow_Peril
The Rise of Chinaphobia: Christopher Frayling
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J12
p45_PushkinHouse
The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize: Shortlist Announcement
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J13
Seierstad, A¦èsne
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
The Marriage Game
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
Jones, Sadie c.Jonathan Greet 2014
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

STALL STREET IN MIST
Literary Walk: Bath’s Forgotten Romantics
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
K1
The_Family_Project
The Family Project Workshop
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
K3
Small Wars (PB)
Big Bath Read 2015 – Sadie Jones’ Small Wars
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K4
Not Quite Nice book jacket
Celia Imrie
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
K2
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
A_Bigger_Prize_UK
Margaret Heffernan
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
K5
Annette_Badland
Annette Badland reads: Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
K6
Bath Novel Award with text
How to Win a Novel Award
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K7
Just-Do-It
Playing Big: Women, Leadership and Power
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
K8
Reading The World
Around the World in 10 Books – Scott Pack and Ann Morgan
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K9
Tessa Dunlop credit Patrick Dodds
Bletchley Girls – Tessa Dunlop
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
K10
Rachael_Boast_Pilgrims_Flower
Poetry: Rachael Boast and Chrys Salt
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K12
Publicly_Shamed
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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