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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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  • The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2014

     Prepare to be inspired, cheered, challenged, moved and uplifted. The theme for The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2014 is bliss: the feeling of pure joy and inspiration we get from the written and spoken word and a sprinkling of love and laughter guaranteed to excite and delight, especially in uncertain times. In her first programme […]

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  • Congratulations Lou!

    We’re over the moon that Louise Betts, Bath Festivals Learning & Participation Manager, has won an annual award from Action on Children’s Arts, a national agency, for our year-round Learning & Participation programme with young people in Bath & North East Somerset. The award winners are “people who have made an outstanding contribution to ACA’s […]

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  • VIDEO: I Have the Right to be a Child

    On Wednesday 2 October, in association with the Action For Children’s Art Inspiration Day, we dedicated an event at the Bath Chidren’s Lierature Festival to a discussion on the rights of a child. Our panel discussed exacting questions put to them by children from local schools and member of the audience. David Almond chaired this event […]

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  • Young Curator Diary: Day 5

    Alice concludes the Young Curator diaries with an entry summarising their final day: Friday 4th October Young Curators Blog by Alice First thing today we made the long uphill walk to the Royal High School. We then walked around the site to their sports hall, assumed our positions around the grounds and guided other schools […]

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  • Young Curator Diary: Day 4

    Our young curator Eve introduced an event on Thursday, here’s her blog about it. Thursday 3 October Young Curators Blog by Eve In the morning, we attended Andy Briggs‘ event, called Tarzan. I thought it was an entertaining, interactive event, that I had the pleasure of introducing. I especially enjoyed the quiz at the end, […]

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