International Women’s Day & Women’s Prize for Fiction long-list

As if International Women’s Day wasn’t enough of a reason to celebrate, four of the writers featured in the 2018 Women’s prize for fiction longlist are set to join us at The Bath Festival and we couldn’t be any more excited about it!

Joanna Canon and Kit de Waal are the first of our longlisted authors to appear at the festival on the 13 May in the Masonic Hall. In Kit de Waal’s The Trick to Time and Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, two women must piece together their memories in order to make peace with the past and get to grips with their present. The acclaimed authors will discuss themes around humanity, memory and the threads that tie us to one another.

Tickets to see Joanna and Kit are available here

Kamila Shamsie will join us on the 21 May as part of our ‘Change Maker’ series in the Assembly Rooms. Acclaimed novelist Kamila Shamsie, looked to the distant past for her new novel, Home Fire, a bravura retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, in which the fates of two families are once again inextricably and violently linked. But Shamsie’s setting – the world of jihadis and politicians – makes for a very contemporary tale of loss and revenge.

Tickets for Kamila’s event are available here

Imogen Hermes Gowar helps us to close the festival on the 27 May at the Masonic Hall with 2018’s most anticipated debut, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. In this lecture, she shares some of her knowledge of Georgian society and takes us on a journey into a period marked by social change and new discoveries.

Tickets to see Imogen are available here

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