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Bath Literature Festival

Bath Box Office
Bath Vistor Information Centre
Abbey Chambers
Abbey Churchyard


The Independent Bath Literature Festival: Friday 27th February – Sunday 8th March 2015.

For ten days next February and March, we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary and authors of the very best contemporary fiction and writers of cutting edge nonfiction, including some of the world's leading public intellectuals, comedians, historians and journalists; come together and celebrate the Bath Literature Festival’s 20th Anniversary under the artistic direction of Viv Groskop.

An exciting highlight is honouring Ted Hughes who performed a sell-out poetry reading at the first ever Bath Literature Festival in 1995. 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), Downton Abbey actor David Robb, acclaimed broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg, Mercury Prize shortlisted performance poet Kate Tempest and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby. Hosted by writer Bel Mooney one of the original founders of the festival.

Returning by popular demand is the wondrous, impro. Austentatious, “A Joy” The Guardian; this is a unique chance to see this hit comedy show based on the work of Bath’s most famous export.

Highlights include Kazuo Ishiguro, launching his first novel in a decade ‘The Buried Giant’ right here in Bath; it will be the first Festival event anywhere for this book one week after its publication, ex-Blair strategist Alastair Campbell will launch his new book ‘Winning’ at his Festival event – the day after publication - wise words around ‘Winners & Success’. Richard Madeley interviews Judy Finnegan 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.

Also ‘The Best 20 Books of the Past 20 Years’, ‘The American Dream is Dead’ chaired by Jon Snow with panel including the BBC’s Justin Webb and ‘Feminism In The Digital Age’ with Sarah Brown, wife of former PM Gordon.

Each year, The Independent Bath Literature Festival presents over 130 events including free chapters daily, and attracts attendances of around 25,000 in venues all across the world heritage listed city The full programme will be announced online Wednesday December 10th, 2014.

Visit to see the full line-up as it is announced. General booking opens Monday 19th January. To secure tickets on Friday January 2nd, visit the ‘Support Us’ page on the website to become a member or subscribe to the newsletter.

Join us on Twitter @Bathfestivals or Facebook ‘Bath Festivals’ for behind the scenes previews, competitions and the latest announcements.

If you require somewhere to stay whilst visiting for this event, please go to the Accommodation section of our website. This will provide you with an online booking service for accommodation in Bath and the surrounding area. Alternatively, contact our personal accommodation booking service: + 44 (0) 844 847 5256.

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Opening Times

2015 (27/02/2015 - 08/03/2015)