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, and the fabulous Austentatious.

‘The American Dream is Dead’ debate with Justin Webb, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Sarah Churchwell and Paul Mason is chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby*  Kate Tempest, Frieda Hughes 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, 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 … (please note the Simon Schama event has been cancelled)

*Due to unforeseen circumstances Jon Snow is no longer available to chair The American Dream Debate, however he will be chairing the Shami Chakrabati event click here for more information.

 

What's On

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Monday 19 January

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Big Bath Read: Bookclub 1 – Stoke Inn
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Chew Stoke Hub at the Stoke Inn
£3

Wednesday 21 January

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Big Bath Read: Bookclub 2 – Saltford Library
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Saltford Library
£3

Wednesday 04 February

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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

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The Chancery of Lost and Found
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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Understanding China, the Country and the Myth
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B1
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Ted Hughes: A Tribute
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
Forum
£15 (£12)
B2
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Bonaparte and the British – Tim Clayton and Sheila O’Connell
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Masonic Hall
£8 (£7)
B3
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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
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Shami Chakrabarti
2:15 PM
3:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
B6
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Napoleon the Great – Andrew Roberts
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B11
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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
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Anna Freeman and Emma Hooper
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Keynsham Library
£5 (n/a)
B8
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Pin Drop
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
B12
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Symbols of Power
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B15
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Music for Shakespeare
5:30 PM
6:30 PM
Victoria Hall, Radstock
£6 (£5)
B13
Jonathan-dimbleby
Debate: The American Dream is Dead
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Forum
£15 (£12)
B16
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Syria at the Crossroads of History
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B18
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Kate Mosse – Bliss is … Adventure Fiction
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B17
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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

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The Chancery of Lost and Found
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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Voices in the City
12:00 PM
6:00 PM
Southgate
FREE
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Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
C1
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Ben and David Crystal
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
C2
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Your Guide to Mindfulness
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
C3
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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
C4
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Bath Debut Writers – Anna Freeman and Emma Hooper
5:45 PM
6:45 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
C5
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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
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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)
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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
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The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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King John – Treachery & Tyranny
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D4
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Jane Austen – Excursions of Pleasure
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D3
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Gordon Bloor – How to Self-Publish
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D6
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20th Anniversary Event: The Twenty Best Books of the Past Twenty Years
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
D5
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The Chancery of Lost and Found
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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The National Conversation: Fuelling Creative Minds with Meg Rosoff, Andrew Motion and Kevin Jones
5:00 PM
6:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
D8
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Outside of Language with Louise Stern
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D7
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George Prochnik on Stefan Zweig
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
BRSLI
£8 (£7)
D9
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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

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How to Promote Your Self-Published Book
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
E1
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World War One – James Long’s The Balloonist
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E2
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The Chancery of Lost and Found
12:00 PM
4:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Music While You Write
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
F1
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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
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David Kynaston
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
F5
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Oliver Kamm – Accidence Will Happen
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
F4
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The Chancery of Lost and Found
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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Vita Sackville-West
4:45 PM
5:45 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
F6
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Gerard Lyons – The Consolations of Economics
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
F7
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John Crace – A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
F10
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The Deepest Seas
7:30 PM
8:45 PM
Guildhall
£6 (£5)
F8
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Indigo Kings
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
Komedia
£15 (£12)
F9

Thursday 05 March

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Sources of Culture: The Cafés of Europe
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
Komedia
FREE - ticketed (limited)
G1
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Giving Characters a Voice
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
G2
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Centuries Of Change: Dr Ian Mortimer
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
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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
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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
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Elif Shafak – Bliss is …Turkey
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G6
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Emma Bridgewater: Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G9
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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
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Priya Parmar on Vanessa Bell
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
G11
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In Conversation with Omid Djalili
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Komedia
£9 (£8)
G13
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Cameron’s Coup: How the Tories Took Britain to the Brink
7:45 PM
8:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G12
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America Vs the World: The Great Big Comedy Night
9:00 PM
10:30 PM
Komedia
£12 (£10)
G14

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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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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George III
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
H5
Dianne-Coyle
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)
Helen McGinn 2
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
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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
Mary Portas
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
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
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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
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
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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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The Family Project Workshop
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
K3
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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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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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