Viv Groskop

Announcement of new Artistic Director for Literature Festival


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

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