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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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#BathKidsLitFest Day 9. Cressida Cowell “on a remote island with Viking relics”
October 3, 2015

In our latest review from the ongoing Telegraph Children’s Bath Literature Festival, Ian Waller and his two of his children, Eve and Dad, enjoyed a morning with… Cressida Cowell at the Forum in Bath. The queue around the block outside the Forum in Bath of children and parents waiting to listen to Cressida Cowell said […]

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#BathKidsLitFest Day 7: Are we obliged to write good role models?
October 1, 2015

If you’re not sure what to read next it’s always good to go on someone else’s recommendation, and who better to suggest a great read than Gill McLay, artistic co-director of The Telegraph Bath Children’s Festival.  Bath Picks, the initiative that she and John McLay, co-director (and husband) launched this year celebrates authors whose voices […]

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Yep being a teenager can be pretty damn hard but with a handbook that good sitting next to you, it’s not half so bad.
September 30, 2015

Being a teenager in 2015 is not exactly a super sleek, bump free ride, as we all know.  So, when I saw that there is a talk which claims that it will help you to “navigate your way through” the testing times, how could I miss it?  On hand to deliver their pearls of wisdom […]

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#BathKidsLitFest Day 7: To be perfectly honest with you all, I feel like a bit of a fraud

To be perfectly honest with you all, I feel like a bit of a fraud. I am a blogging virgin. I have never done this before (although I have attended the fabulous Lit Fest in previous years).  Yeah, I’m crazy nervous and no, that’s not just because England is playing Wales tonight in the RWC.  […]

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