Until We Meet Again: podcast recommendations and playlists that will deliver your festival fix

Missing the chance to be in the same room as some of your favourite entertainers, authors, presenters and writers this week? Great debates, funny stories, electrying music, thought provoking content and expert tips and tricks are all part of what makes The Bath Festival so very special. Luckily for us there’s plenty of amazing digital content out there from our 2020 festival author alumni and we’ve created festival playlists – hoping this keeps you going in the meantime!

1. Original podcat Adam Buxton is well known for his wonderful ramble chats. Recent episodes we have loved include the legend that is Nile Rogers, the talented Laura Marling, the hilarious Louis Theroux and the witty columnist Romesh Ranganthan! Perfect listening whilst walking through the park.

2. Kimberley Wilson was due to give a Lunchtime Lecture around her brilliant new book: How to Build a Healthy Brain. Her podcast Strong Minds is accessible, informative and entertaining, covering everything from food and nutrition, psychology, lifestyle and mental habits.

3. Caroline Hirons, is the hugely successful, straight talking Skincare Queen and beauty blogger extraordinaire. Lockdown hasn’t stopped her in her mission to help all ages and skin types to look and feel fantastic. Expect jargon-busting advice, practical tips and product recommendations for all budgets.

4. Listen to our festival playlist and enjoy music from Patti Smith, Empircal, Timothy Ridout, John Grant and more!

5. Journalist, presenter and longtime sustainable fashion campaigner Lucy Siegel had planned a visit to Bath to talk about fast fashion. She’s reunited with fellow campaigner Livia Firth to launch Fashion Critical: an emergency podcast which looks into the impact of Covid-19 on the global fashion industry, from Bangladesh to the UK.

6. Webby nominated podcaster and Sunday Times bestselling author Emma Gannon’s brilliant podcast Ctrl Alt Delete sees her talking to a range of people who’ve looked at their interests to shape the work they do. What does it mean to be a philosopher? How is Big Tech affecting us? How do you combine activism with being the editor of a magazine? Recent guests include Dani Dyer, Sharon Horgan and Emma Jane Unsworth, who was due to be on stage with Emma during our May festival.

7. Bath Festival favourites and Kings of podcasting and radio Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode have been busy during lockdown. As part BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine, they’re taking their radio show onto BBC 4: Kermode and Mayo’s Home Entertainment Service, exploring the world of streaming TV and film. Wittertainment guaranteed! Click here to watch

8. Dr Adam Rutherford has been a scientist, writer and presenter for most of his adult life. His most recent book How To Argue With A Racist is a fascinating and timely refutation of current resurgent racism. He’s part of the BBC Radio 4 Inside Science podcast – recent episodes cover a range of topics including Lockdown Lessons for Climate Change, The Science of Slapstick, Should We Wear a Mask in Public and Getting An Egyptian Mummy to Speak!

9. Book Off! Is a literary podcast with a difference – where two guests pitch a book they love in a war of words. Hosted by the brilliant radio producer, host and Bath festival regular Joe Haddow, this fortnightly podcast is a joyful celebration of reading. Fab recent episodes include Maggie O’Farrell v Tayari Jones and Brett Anderson v Lemm Sissay.

10. Multi-award-winning crime writer, Mark Billingham, presents an in-depth look at the very best super-sleuths from literature and television. Each podcast episode of A Stab In The Dark sees brand-new guests from the worlds of TV and books discuss the inner workings of crime fiction and crime drama.

11. Looking for a virtual book club to join? Book addict Simon Savidge from Savidge Reads (virtually) joins broadcaster Melanie Sykes on YouTube to have a monthly chat about a book they have both read. You’re encouraged to read the chosen book too and join in the conversations. April saw them discuss Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. Find them online to get on board for the summer month reading choices.

12. Fran’s Book Shop is an irreverent, inclusive Instagram-based conversation about books. We had been looking forward to this live book chat with the wonderful writer, host, part-time book seller and Bath local Fran Beauman but you can get your fix by visiting her Instagram account for reviews, interviews and live short story readings instead.

13. If, like us, you can’t get enough books, then head to our festival book shop Mr B’s Emporium you tube channel and tune into their latest regular feature: Talking to Book People About Books.

14. Listen to our Festival Finale Weekend Spotify playlist and enjoy some tunes from our line up, which we are luckily enough to bring with us next year for our rescheduled Finale Weekend 29-30 May 2021. Artists include McFly, Ub40, Billy Ocean, KT Tunstall, Seth Lakeman, Orla Gartland and more.

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