The Comfort and Joy of Books

Sunday 23 May 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
Book tickets More events

General sale opens on Tuesday 13 April. Patrons and members priority booking begins from Wednesday 7 April. Find out more about becoming a member here

Books can change the course of your life or keep you afloat.

Join Kate Mosse (The City of Tears, An Extra Pair of Hands), award-winning author and founder director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Neema Shah (Kololo Hill), shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the winner of First Novel Award as they explore the remarkable power books have to inspire, comfort and delight, with journalist and bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink (Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books).

Whether you spent 2020 immersed in children’s stories, classic tales or discovering new voices; reading, thinking about, and sharing our book passions have become even more important during this turbulent and uncertain period.

These three extraordinary writers will discuss their own work as well as explore how reading can change the course of our lives. This event will be packed full of recommendations to add to your reading list. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help.

Follow on Twitter: @KateMosse @NeemaMShah @CatRentzenbrink

Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

For more information about accessibility and how to book a personal assistant complimentary ticket, please click here

The Bath Festival At Home: This event will also be filmed and broadcast after the Festival from Friday 28 May as part of The Bath Festival at Home.

Buy the books:
The City of Tears by Kate Mosse
Kololo Hill by Neema Shah
Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink

Photo credits:
Kate Mosse – Ruth Crafer
Neema Shah – Alexander James
Cathy Rentzenbrink – Peter Flude


Bath Festivals’ safety procedures have been certified by Visit Britain as ‘Good to Go’. For more information, visit their website here.