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Bath Literature Festival

Bath Box Office
Bath Vistor Information Centre
Abbey Chambers
Abbey Churchyard


The Independent Bath Literature Festival: 26th February – 6th March 2016

More information on the 2016 festival will be updated soon. Below is what took place in 2015...

It’s our 20th Anniversary this year so we’re really pushing the boat out with a big name line-up helping us celebrate.

In the last 20 years, the Festival has grown from a couple of dozen talks in 1995, to a ten day programme packed with over 200 events and featuring authors from all over the world.

On Friday 27 Feb the Festival opens with political strategist and best-selling author Alastair Campbell on ‘Winners and How They Succeed’ in conversation with Gavin Esler.

This year’s programme also includes Kazuo Ishiguro, talking about ‘The Buried Giant’, his first novel in ten years; Mary Portas, with her new memoir 'Shop Girl’; Sunday Times Comedy ‘Hot Pick for 2015’ Austentatious!; Jonathan Dimbleby, Justin Webb, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Sarah Churchwell and Paul Mason in 'The American Dream is Dead Debate' at the Forum and in a special anniversary event to celebrate the power of poetry in our lives, we present a tribute to one of the stars of our first festival in 1995, the former poet Laureate Ted Hughes. Tribute will be paid to Hughes’s genius and the role poetry plays in our lives with poet Frieda Hughes (daughter of Ted and Sylvia Plath), Mercury Prize shortlisted performance poet Kate Tempest and many more.

TV/ Bookclub stars Richard Madeley interviews Judy Finnigan about her second novel ‘I Do Not Sleep’, and ‘One Fine Day’s’ David Nicholls returns 5 million copies published since his last visit in 2005.

Other names appearing at the Festival include Jon Snow, Linda Grant and Sadie Jones, Antonia Fraser, Celia Imrie, Andrew Motion, Omid Djalili, Helen Lederer, Gerry Howell, Ben and David Crystal, Simon Singh, Michael Frayn, Michelle Mone, James Naughtie, Meg Rosoff, George Prochnik, James Long, Blake Morris, David Kynaston, Emma Bridgewater, Sarah Brown, Fay Weldon, Lynne Truss, Elif Shafak, Kate Mosse, Shami Chakrabarti, Polly Toynbee, John McHugo, Anita Anand, Tracy Borman, Andrew Roberts, Martin Wolf, Anna Freeman and Emma Hooper, Pin Drop and many more.

Visit to see the full line-up and book on-line.

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