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Letters to lovers, to intellectual heroes, to colleagues and acquaintances..
February 8, 2016

It was on the recent National Libraries Day, when so many people celebrated what libraries had meant to them, that I remembered those post-school teenage afternoons when my grown-up reading life began in earnest. Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, Dostoevsky – novelists I had heard of but had little real exposure to. And Iris Murdoch, who […]

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Artistic Director’s Festival Pick: What’s Happening in Egypt? Tahrir Square Five Years On Viv Groskop on two foreign correspondents who have the inside track
February 3, 2016

Is it really five years since the occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo? Security forces killed 1,000 supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Over a quarter of a million took to the streets in protest, spawning slogans such as: “Lift your head up high: you’re Egyptian.” Outside of Egypt, millions […]

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The Independent Bath Literature Festival General Booking is NOW OPEN
January 15, 2016

Events are selling out quickly. Book soon to avoid disappointment. Featuring the best contemporary fiction from Britain and abroad, alongside intelligent debate, inspirational master classes, history, performance and politics, plus a specially commissioned series of our ever-popular Bliss Lectures and a gala night marking the much-anticipated 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. With events including leading […]

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The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2016. Priority Booking Now Open! Become a Member from £20 to enjoy Priority Booking
January 5, 2016

Bath Festivals is delighted to announce that Priority Booking is Now Open for The Independent Bath Literature Festival, Friday 26 February – Sunday 6 March 2016. Amongst the 10 day line up of 130+ events Bath Festivals welcomes Sebastian Faulks, Pat Barker, Tracy Chevalier and the American feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem (on her first visit to […]

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The 2016 Independent Bath Literature Festival: Twelve events on early release from Friday 27 November… the perfect stocking filler
November 25, 2015

It’s the Literature Festival’s twenty first birthday in 2016 and to mark this special anniversary twelve events will go on general sale on Tuesday December 1st (and to members THIS FRIDAY) ahead of the full programme in January. Secure a front row seat at an unmissable audience with much-loved broadcaster Joan Bakewell. Explore the links between fiction and history […]

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Party in the City 2016: Bath’s Biggest Free Night of Music is taking Performer Applications Now..
November 10, 2015

Party in the City is Bath’s biggest, free night of music and performance. Every May, to mark the opening night of the 10 day The Bath International Music Festival, Party in the City celebrates the panoramic local music scene and vibrant cultural life that Bath and its surrounding areas have to offer. Last year, the biggest in the […]

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#BathKidsLitFest 2015 View all the Festival photos & WIN Great prizes including Thermae Bath Spa packages
October 5, 2015

The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2015 is sadly over for another year. Have all look at all the Festival photos here Huge thanks to brilliant Artistic Directors John and Gill McLay. We’ve loved every minute of it and hope you have too. Date for your diaries Friday 30th September – Sunday 9th October 2016! Don’t forget to tell […]

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“Don’t abandon. Never go back. Write the same amount every day. Put down a sentence and see where it takes you.” #BathKidsLitFest Day 9
October 4, 2015

It’s another great night at the The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literary Festival thanks to the appearance of Andy Mulligan (author of Ribblestrop, Trash, and The Boy with Two Heads, amongst others) and John Boyne (whose novels for children include The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Noah Barleywater Runs Away and Stay Where You Are and […]

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BathKidsLitFest Day 9: Zombies “Don’t split up. Don’t turn the lights off. Don’t do anything they do in horror films.”

Need to know what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Charlie Higson will tell you. Of course, as zombies don’t exist, it’s unlikely that there’ll ever be a zombie apocalypse. Then again, he has written an incredible series that makes it all seem so possible. So, he suggests: “Don’t split up. Don’t […]

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#BathKidsLitFest Day 9: There’s a collective sorrow in the auditorium, a sense of mourning, because with the publication of the twelfth book in the series this is the end of the adventure.

The Forum is packed to capacity with hundreds of children and their parents eagerly awaiting Cressida Cowell, who has taught the world how to train dragons, introduced us to a whole new language, Dragonese, and turned Hiccup Horrendous the Third into an unlikely hero. Yet, although we are all delighted to be here, there’s a […]

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