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  • Introducing… Steve Richards’ Rock n’ Roll Politics

    Steve Richards’ Rock n’ Roll Politics has delighted audiences in Edinburgh and up and down the country. This is his first visit to Bath – and we’re thrilled to have him on our programme. He’s with us on March 6 at 8pm. This is a show Steve has been developing for several years, using his […]

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  • The Best Letter Ever

    Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note website is a veritable treasure trove of entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters. The book gathers 25 of these in one beautiful volume and includes letters from Zelda Fitzgerald, Fidel Castro, Leonardo da Vinci, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy and many more. Here’s our favourite letter from […]

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  • An exclusive recipe from Mark Hix: The Collection

    Mark Hix’s The Collection marries together food and art in perfect harmony. The celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer has gathered together his finest recipes, reflecting his philosophy towards British food, while showcasing his unerring ability to reinvent even the most traditional dishes with a contemporary touch.  With illustrations from Mark’s personal collection of leading […]

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  • Kate Williams history Bath Festivals

    Hidden Historical Gems

    Love history? We’ve got some excellent events taking place at this year’s Festival. Here are some of our office favourites: History fans will lap up Jonathan Dimbleby on the 1942 British victory at El Alamein (March 1, 11.15am, £9), the battle that inspired Churchill’s most famous aphorism: “This is not the end, it is not […]

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  • A Guide to our Debates

    Bath has always been known for its debates; this year’s promise to be explosive. At the Forum, The Great Bath News Debate (March 1, 3pm, £12) will be chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby. Philosopher Alain de Botton and award-winning TED speaker Carl Honore will propose the motion: “News is ruining our lives.” Channel 4’s veteran broadcaster […]

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  • Patrick Barkham: Bliss is… Badgers

    We thought we were being particularly clever when we invited Badgerlands author Patrick Barkham to join us for a round of Badger Ales for his exclusive photoshoot with us. We quickly discovered just how passionate Patrick is about the enigmatic badger when he produced a badger outfit from his bag and asked if it would […]

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  • Laugh Yourself Silly with our Comedy Strand

    Artistic Director Viv Groskop performed 100 stand-up gigs in 100 nights. Now she returns from the front lines of the comedy circuit bringing her hand-picked favourites with her: Jennifer Saunders joins us on Saturday 1 March at 12pm in The Forum, for a romp through her hilarious and indiscreet memoir Bonkers. Artistic Director Viv Groskop […]

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  • THREE FANTASTIC SPORTING EVENTS

    OUR DEAR OLD THING BLOWERS, THE BEST OF BRITISH CYCLING… AND ONE MAN AND HIS 100-YEAR-OLD BIKE Our headline act on our first Festival day is cricket commentator legend Henry Blofeld, joining us on Saturday 1 March at 6pm in the Forum. Talking about his memoir Squeezing the Orange, Blowers has a host of eccentric […]

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  • LOVE EATING? OUR FOODIE EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE

    We’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of food and drink events at this year’s Bath Literature Festival. Saturday 1 March: 8pm: Julian Baggini: Bliss Is…. Food The philosopher on “how to eat and think” from his new book The Virtues of the Table: “Baggini at his best” – The Guardian Monday 3 March: 4.30pm: Jonathan Grimwood […]

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  • Video: Viv Groskop previews The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2014

    Our Literature Festival Artistic Director Viv Groskop juggles being a journalist, broadcaster, stand-up comic and all-round tweeting machine. Somehow we got her to sit down for just long enough to talk about what she’s most looking forward to at The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2014. Priority booking for Friends of the Festival is now open. […]

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