Friday 26 February - Sunday 6 March

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

General Booking is Now Open

Ways to Book:

Online at bathfestivals.org.uk
In Person at Bath Box Office
Telephone 01225 463362

For more information see How to Book

Welcome to The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2016! For our 21st birthday our theme is Forever Young. Debut novels and fresh talent will be at the top of the agenda, of course we’ll also be marking the importance of something that never gets old: discovering a new book by a favourite author. Take your pick from Sebastian Faulks, Tracy Chevalier, Pat Barker and many more. Other highlights include, a leading light in modern feminism, Gloria Steinem, on her first visit to the UK in 20 years, Joan Bakewell, inspiring political campaigner Harry Leslie Smith and Pub Landlord Al Murray.

Also returning are the Debates, Masterclasses, Exclusive Bliss Lectures. Comedy. History. Politics. Performances. News and Current Affairs and Nature and Science categories. We look forward to seeing you there.

What's On

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Monday 01 February

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

Saturday 27 February

Sonnet Walk
Voices in the City
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
Bath City Centre
Free
Sebastien Faulks
SEBASTIAN FAULKS: WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Forum
£12 (£10) – Under 18s receive 50% off!
Michael Billington
THE 101 GREATEST PLAYS WITH MICHAEL BILLINGTON
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Theatre Royal
£10
eu
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
ASK A LITERARY CONSULTANT
11:15 AM
12:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
alice
Alice Roberts – The Celts
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
dj taylor
DJ TAYLOR: THE PROSE FACTORY
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Masonic Hall
£9 (£8)
Big Bath Read
The Big Bath Read: Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Keynsham Community Space
£5 (£3)
British culture debate
The Independent Great British Popular Culture Debate
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Arlene Heyman2
Arlene Heyman: Scary Old Sex
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Andrew Lownie
Stalin’s Englishman – The Lives of Guy Burgess
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
gloria steinem2
Gloria Steinem: A Life in Feminism
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Forum
£12 (£10) Under 18's receive 50% off!
Vince Cable
Vince Cable
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Erwin
Erwin James – Bliss is…Freedom
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
Women and the ageing process
Women and the Ageing Process – the Truth
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Poetry Salon Tim and Rebecca
Poetry Salon: Tim Liardet and Rebecca Perry
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Isy Suttie
Isy Suttie – The Actual One
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£9 (£8)
Shakespeare Rattle and Roll
Shakespeare Rattle and Roll
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
Victoria Hall, Radstock
£5 (£3)
al m
An Evening with Al Murray, the Pub Landlord
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Forum
£12 (£10)
Shakespeare gala
Shakespeare Gala: Celebrating 400 Years
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
Guildhall
£15 (£12) – Under 18s receive 50% off!

Sunday 28 February

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

Monday 29 February

walk
Literary Walk: Bath in 1766
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9 (£8)
Stick House Trailer On Set-6893
Stealing the Scene
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28)
Max Arthur
Max Arthur: Churchill A Life in Pictures
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Christina Lamb
Christina Lamb
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
tom
Thomas Packenham – The Company of Trees
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
A C Grayling
A C Grayling – The Age of the Genius
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
John Higgs
An Alternative History of the 20th Century
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
harry mount
Harry Mount’s Odyssey
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
science
The Real Science Behind What We Eat
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
pub
Literary Walk: A Victorian Pub Crawl
5:30 PM
7:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9(£8)
Murdoch Iris c Jill Krementz
Iris Murdoch – In Her Own Words
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Daisy Dunn
Daisy Dunn: Catullus
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
Tahir Square
Tahrir Square – 5 Years On
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Poetry salon Greta and Gerard
Poetry Salon: Greta Stoddart and Gerard Woodward
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Tuesday 01 March

Paul Cox
Paul Cox: Wellington
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
edward lucas
Edward Lucas: Cyber Security
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Anna Povord
Anna Pavord: Landskipping
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
sue
Saving Bletchley Park
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
windows
Literary Walk: Windows and Things
2:30 PM
4:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9 (£8)
Carol Drinkwater c Michel Noll
Carol Drinkwater: The Forgotten Summer
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Caroline Alexander
Caroline Alexander: Bliss is… the Iliad
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Romeo and Juliet in Palestine 300dpi
Romeo and Juliet in Palestine
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
David Smith
David Smith: Something Will Turn Up
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
sisman
Adam Sisman: John le Carré
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Tessa and deborah
Tessa Hadley & Deborah Moggach
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Wednesday 02 March

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

Thursday 03 March

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

Friday 04 March

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

Saturday 05 March

Lit Walk Circus
Literary Walk: The Circus
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Meeting Place on Ticket
£9 (£8)
Christine Riding
Christine Riding – Art and the War at Sea
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
emma
Emma Bridgewater: Pattern
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Politics Live
Politics Live Part 1 – The Economy: The View from Inside Westminster
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Today's russia
Today’s Russia: Putin’s Path to Power
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
Melanie Windridge
Melanie Windridge: Northern Lights
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
the importance of the short story
The Importance of the Short Story
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Bringing words to life with Tessa Hadley
Bath Pitchfest
2:00 PM
5:00 PM
Bath Central Library
£30 (£28) - £50 (£45) *
Celia Imrie
Celia Imrie: In Conversation
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
urban landscapes
Urban Landscapes
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
around
Around the World in 10 Books
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Robert Welch
Robert Welch – A Celebration
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
Abbey Hotel
£20 *
John Suchet1
John Suchet on the Strauss Dynasty
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£8(£7)
Margaret MacMillan
Margaret MacMillan: History’s People
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
kat arney
Kat Arney: Herding Hemingway’s Cats
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Matthew Syed
Matthew Syed: Black Box Thinking
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
Matt haig
Matt Haig: Reasons to Stay Alive
6:15 PM
7:15 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Dom Joly
Dom Joly
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9(£8)
oliver
Oliver James: Not in Your Genes
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Nexus Methodist Church
£9 (£8)
Tales before Shakespeare
Tales Before Shakespeare – Part 2
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)

Sunday 06 March

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

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