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  1. Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Shortlist Announcement

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    Bath Festivals was extremely honoured to play host to the announcement of the shortlist for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize last night. The Prize, now in its second year, runs in association with Waterstones and rewards the best non-fiction writing on Russia. The shortlist was selected by a panel chaired by Dr Rowan Williams, and revealed at a special event last night by fellow Prize judge Viv Groskop and Andrew Jack, journalist at the Financial Times and co-chairman of Pushkin House.

    The 2014 shortlisted titles are:
    – The Black Russian by Vladimir Alexandrov (Head of Zeus)
    – A Spy in the Archives: a Memoir of Cold War Russia by Sheila Fitzpatrick (I.B. Tauris)
    – Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America by Owen Matthews (Bloomsbury)
    – Red Fortress: the Secret Heart of Russia’s History by Catherine Merridale (Allen Lane)
    – Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: a Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen (Transworld)
    – Musorgsky and His Circle: a Russian Musical Adventure by Stephen Walsh (Faber & Faber)

    Dr Rowan Williams said of the shortlist: “This is a list which vividly shows the breadth and depth of interest in Russian matters in the English-speaking world. These books deal both with ‘mainstream’ cultural and political history and also with utterly unexpected dimensions of the Russian heritage and some unforgettable individuals who have contributed to it. We’re delighted to have a shortlist for the 2014 Prize which offers such lively, diverse and expert perspectives on Russia, and it has been a great privilege to be involved in this work.”

    The winner of the 2014 Prize will be announced on Wednesday 30th April at a ceremony at Pushkin House, the premier centre for Russian culture in London, and will be awarded £5,000. The Prize was established in 2012 to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world.

  2. Picture of the Day: Saturday 8 March

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    We had an absolute blast hosting our first Great Big Comedy Night in Komedia, in association with What the Frock! It was all in aid of celebrating Germaine Greer’s 75th birthday. Our intrepid photographer caught up with the comics in the dressing room, including our Artistic Director Viv Groskop, token bloke Mark Watson, Bethan Roberts, Ellie Taylor & Rachel Parris.

    Photo: Copyright Julian Foxon Photography

  3. Video: Viv Groskop previews The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2014

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    Our Literature Festival Artistic Director Viv Groskop juggles being a journalist, broadcaster, stand-up comic and all-round tweeting machine. Somehow we got her to sit down for just long enough to talk about what she’s most looking forward to at The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2014.

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  4. Announcement of new Artistic Director for Literature Festival

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    Bath Festivals is delighted to announce the appointment of critic, columnist and broadcaster Viv Groskop to the role of Artistic Director of The Independent Bath Literature Festival.

    Viv takes over from James Runcie, who has been at the creative helm of the festival since 2010. James leaves to take up the full time post of Head of Literature and Spoken Word at London’s South Bank Centre.

    Viv Groskop was raised and educated in Bruton, Somerset. Her background in journalism includes The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and The Independent. She is the Literary Editor of Red Magazine and consultant host of numerous literary events in London and beyond. She contributes reviews, interviews and opinion columns for many national broadsheet newspapers and magazines and makes regular appearances on BBC and Sky arts programmes as well as having her own stand up comedy act.

    Belinda Kidd, Chief Executive of Bath Festivals says: Bath Festivals is delighted to welcome Viv to the team. She is a prolific and highly successful journalist and broadcaster, and I’m sure her fresh, dynamic approach will take the Literature Festival on to even greater heights.

    Viv Groskop says: I am very excited to be joining the team at The Independent Bath Literature Festival. I grew up in the West Country and I am as passionate about books as I am about live events, so this is a dream job for me. I’m looking forward to building on the Festival’s success in recent years.

    Viv and the Bath Festivals team are looking forward to delivering her first literature festival in 2014: 28 February – 7 March