Shelf Isolation #5

While the Bath Festivals team is self-distancing this spring, we’re keen to share with you (and each other) the books on our shelves that inspire us during these uncertain times. Keep an eye on our blog and social media for regular recommendations from the Bath Festivals team! Next up is Rebecca Tantony, Poetry and Spoken Word Programmer for The Bath Festival.

#ShelfIsolation – Rebecca Tantony

The Air Year by Caroline Bird

What an imaginative and unique mind Caroline has. Surreal and clever, I kept being hit in the chest by the beauty of these words and their brilliant deliverance.

A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

Re-reading this incredible book. A perfect partner to match the unknown and guide through it with wonder and curiosity.

A Recipe For Sorcery by Vanessa Kisuule

Incredibly skilled, funny and honest writing, Vanessa’s work always ignites such a wealth of emotional range inside. It also makes me want to hit dance floors, cook food for the people I love and laugh more.

A Man’s House Catches Fire by Tom Sastry

An incredible writer who uses language in such a way that I am often shocked how he places images together and creates whole new perspectives and avenues to see the world through. Tom is so very good at describing the vastness and minuscule in the same breath.

Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

In a time where those I hold closest seem farthest away, it feels fitting to have a book of love poems on the bedside table. So when most needed, Pablo speaks of longing and of hope, that finds its way straight to the heart.

To hear more from Rebecca Tantony, follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @RebeccaTantony

We’d love to know what our audiences been reading! Do you have a shelf that you would love to share? Post your #ShelfIsolation recommendations on Instagram or Twitter and tag @TheBathFestival

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