Friday 26 February - Sunday 6 March

Sponsors + Partners

The Independent Bath Literature Festival would like to thank all of the following supporters, without whose generosity our work would not be possible. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities with Bath Festivals please contact our Development Manager  Rosie Fearon

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Baillie Gifford is an independent global investment manager and one of the UK’s largest investment trust managers. As at 30 September 2015 the firm has over £110.6bn in funds under management and advice, of which almost £6bn is investment trust money. For more information about our Literary Festival Sponsorship Programme please visit


Bath Spa University
would like to wish Bath Literature Festival a Happy 21st Birthday. The relationship between Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and the Festival spans the last 21 years. Our first graduating students were invited to launch their work there — giving occasion to the first public readings by authors and graduates Tessa Hadley, Patricia Wastvedt and Mo Hayder. Today, our students work for the Festival in a variety of capacities from interns to social media campaigners. Some of our graduates, now internationally renowned authors, feature in the festival as guest speakers.

This year, Bath Festivals and Bath Spa University will come together to form the Creative Writing Education Hub. With the help of Arts Council England, we’ve developed a three-year plan that enables us to combine existing expertise, exchange knowledge, and inspire the next generation of young writers. The Hub is a coalition of writers, researchers, educators and art providers working together to improve creative writing provision for young people in the UK. Our long and mutually beneficial relationship continues to flourish and we are once again delighted to be the Festival’s Creative Partner.



Waterstones are delighted to be returning for the 21st Anniversary as the official bookseller for The Independent Bath Literature Festival. Visit our Festival Bookshop in the Guildhall where a wide range

of books will be available or relax at the Festival Café — what better place to spend some time between the 2016 Literature Festival events? Don’t forget to take your book along and get it signed at the end of each event. Also look out for satellite bookshops at the other Literature Festival venues.



The Abbey Hotel

Ian and Christa Taylor, owners of The Abbey Hotel, are passionate supporters of the Arts, and are delighted to partner Bath Festivals again and make the Abbey Hotel our Official Hotel and Restaurant Partner. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, meaning this independently owned 60-bedroomed hotel is brilliantly located for the Roman Baths, Thermae Spa, Abbey, main shopping areas and our Festival venues. The much-acclaimed Allium Brasserie serves a varied and seasonal menu from 12 until 9pm including light dishes and salads, and the contemporary Art Bar is perfect for coffee, cocktails and afternoon teas. Festival goers will receive the warmest of welcomes from our Hotel and Restaurant partner. Special offers are available in Allium Restaurant and Art Bar for Festival bookers and a 10% Festival ticket discount is available for Abbey Hotel guests.


Epoch Wealth Management helps wealthy individuals, business owners, schools and other charities and trusts to meet their goals. We empower clients to make complex and transformational decisions with clarity. By using cutting edge technology, we are able to visually show them the potential impact of decisions taken today far into the future. By engaging and educating clients in this manner, we are able to remove the inertia that often prevents action and provide a clear path to success.

As Bath’s only Accredited Financial Planning firm, we are perfectly placed to provide clients with this service.


Love Reading is the UK’s Leading Book Recommendation website – helping people choose their next book. So many people want to read more books but need guidance on what to read and don’t know where to start looking. Bookshops can be intimidating; some websites overwhelm them with choice – so was created to help.


Robert Welch Designs is well known for the exceptional design, quality and functionality of its products. With 60 years of industry experience and award winning products from the in-house design team, Robert Welch offers a unique range of cutlery, kitchen knives, utensils and tableware.

Company founder, Robert Welch (1929-2000) was an inspirational designer who believed that everyone should be able to use beautifully designed pieces in everyday life. Still family-run, the company is now an international brand with an extensive range of products including award-winning Signature kitchen knives and over 30 cutlery designs. Today the company’s products can be found around the world in department stores, on the tables of top restaurants, in the rooms of 5 star hotels and in the Robert Welch Studio Shops in Chipping Campden and Bath.


Investec Wealth & Investment is one of the UK’s leading investment management companies, with responsibility for over £26.5 billion* of client assets. We have worked closely with clients and their trusted advisers for many years and gained a unique understanding of the specific needs of our clients.

Our services are the result of that expertise, and allows us to deliver a comprehensive range of investment options to our clients – be they individuals, companies, trusts or pension funds.

* as at September 2015


The Desmond Elliott Prize is the “most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (Telegraph). It is presented in the name of the late publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose passion for discovering new authors is perpetuated by his Prize. Now in its ninth year, the award has a record for spotting up-and-coming novelists in the UK and Ireland and propelling them to greater success.

The Prize is proud to sponsor the Big Bath Read events this year, with its 2015 winner Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days.  Other past winners include Eimear McBride, Grace McCleen and Ali Shaw.


The Self-Publishing Partnership (SPP); If you’re thinking of self-publishing your work, we can provide all the professional services, guidance and support to produce your book to a high quality. SPP is an established independent provider. We’ll talk through the options and advise on the services you might require for your particular work. And because every book is different, we’ll then provide a specific quote reflecting your preferences.














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