Changes in the Literature Programming team

Here at Bath Festivals, we are very excited to announce the appointment of Kate Abbey as Interim Head of Literature Programming for both The Bath Festival and the Bath Children’s Literature Festival as a maternity cover for Madeline Toy.  She currently works as Literature Programmer in our team.  In her new role she will look after the literature programme for The Bath Festival and work closely with Janet Smyth and Fritha Lindquist, who joined as programmers for the Bath Children’s Literature Festival in 2019. Kate takes up the role with immediate effect.

Kate Hall, Programme Director said “We are incredibly lucky to have Kate agree to take on this role.  She is integral to the festival team and has already contributed significantly to the literature programming for both festivals. We are all really looking forward to seeing the programmes she creates for our 2021 festivals.”

Involved with Bath Festivals since 2015, initially in a freelance programming and artist liaison role, as well as chairing many events, Kate’s been involved with the transition of The Bath Festival to its successful regular home during May, where the world heritage city celebrates the very best books and music. Abbey has worked across all programming genres from one off music and word collaborations, panel debates, non-fiction collections, debut and commercial fiction and championing local Bath writers. She has also worked very closely on the development of both the schools and public programme for the Autumn Bath Children’s Literature Festival alongside the festival programming team.

Abbey said: ” This is undoubtedly both a challenging and exciting time to take on this role, as we explore new virtual ways for both festivals to engage with our audiences as well as planning for the time when we welcome authors, writers and musicians back to our beautiful city. I’m thrilled to be taking on this role, creating festival programmes that start conversations and explore new ways of seeing the world.”

Ian Stockley, Chief Executive adds “We move through a challenging time for all arts organisations and it is wonderful to have Kate taking on this role, working with the team to come up with innovative programming and solutions as we look to come out of the current crisis stronger, with the arts playing a vital role in connecting our community again”.

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