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, The National Conversation with Andrew Motion and Meg Rosoff, 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 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
Ted Hughes
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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Literary Walk: Beyond the North Gate
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
L1
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Martin Wolf
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B5
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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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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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Kate Mosse – Bliss is … Adventure Fiction
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
B17
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Syria at the Crossroads of History
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
B18
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

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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
Linda-Blair
Your Guide to Mindfulness
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
C3
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Literary Walk: Lost Inns and Beerhouses
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
L2
Simon singh
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£8 (£7)
C4
Matchbox Theatre
Michael Frayn: Matchbox Theatre – Thirty Short Entertainments
5:45 PM
6:45 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
C6
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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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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

North-gate
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
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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
Jane-Austen
Jane Austen – Excursions of Pleasure
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D3
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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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Gordon Bloor – How to Self-Publish
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D6
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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)
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The Elephant in the Room
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
D11
Poetry slam
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
£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
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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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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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Leningrad: Siege and Symphony
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
E8
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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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LITERARY WALK: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY – 25 YEARS ON
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
L3
Emma_Hooper
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
fay-weldon
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
Traind and boats and planes
LITERARY WALK: TRAINS AND BOATS AND PLANES
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
L4
Vita-sackville
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
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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
5:45 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)
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
Shopfronts
LITERARY WALK: SHOPFRONTS AND GHOST SIGNS
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Streets of Bath (meeting place on ticket)
£9 (£8)
G5
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Elif Shafak – Bliss is …Turkey
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
G6
Matthew Plampin
Matthew Plampin on Turner
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
G7
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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
Omid_Djalili
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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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
Katie waldgrave
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
GDP
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
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
Mary portas
Mary Portas: Shop Girl
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£9 (£8)
J1
Mr and mrs disraeli
Mr & Mrs Disraeli
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
J3
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Moving on in Self-Publishing
12:15 PM
1:30 PM
Mineral Hospital
£10 (£9)
J4
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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
Chrys-Salt
Poetry Workshop with Chrys Salt
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
Holburne Museum
£30 (£28)
J7
Richard_and_Judy_CR_Bill_Waters
Judy Finnigan: In Conversation with Richard Madeley
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Komedia
£9 (£8)
B14
Marck cocker
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
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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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
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Alison Weir
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Mineral Hospital
£8 (£7)
J19

Sunday 08 March

Baths-forgotten-romantics
LITERARY WALK: BATH’S FORGOTTEN ROMANTICS
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Streets of Bath (Meeting Place on Ticket)
£9 (£8)
K1
Image for Chancery
The Chancery of Lost and Found
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
Milsom Place
FREE
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Celia Imrie
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Guildhall
£10 (£9)
K2
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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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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
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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
Tessa dunlop
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
Kamal-Ahmed
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
Andrew o'hagn
Truth in Writing – Rachel Cusk and Andrew O’Hagan
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Guildhall
£8 (£7)
K14

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