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Richard Holmes on the Literary Life

Tuesday 25th October, 8pm

Richard Holmes is unquestionably one of the greatest biographers of our age. He changed the writing of biography forever with his publication of Footsteps in 1985, a series of essays that included his journey, sleeping rough, in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson in the Cevennes, and his wanderings through Italy on the trail of […]

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Artemis Cooper on Elizabeth Jane Howard

Wednesday 26th October, 8pm

Elizabeth Jane Howard wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. Following her divorce from her first husband,  naturalist Peter Scott, Jane embarked on a string of high-profile relationships with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler, Laurie Lee and Kingsley Amis which […]

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Good, Good Food with Sarah Raven

Thursday 27th October, 8pm

Sarah Raven is not only an inspirational cook, she was also once a doctor and has a wealth of medical training and knowledge behind her. Here she brings together her unique talents to offer a magnificent canon of recipes, sharing her medical knowledge to explain exactly how and why certain foods help protect your body […]

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Garth Nix returns with Goldenhand

Thursday 27th October, 8pm

Garth Nix, the splendidly talented Australian storysmith, has the rare privilege of being able to excite both a new generation of young readers and the adults who were raised on his books. His bountiful imagination has enthralled readers for 21 years, and now, 13 years since Abhorsen, the last book in the Old Kingdom series’ […]

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An Evening with NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino

Friday 28th October, 8pm

Another spaceman visits Bath! In what promises to be an awe-inspiring evening,  Mike Massimino will discuss the hard work, camaraderie and sheer guts involved in the life of an astronaut. He served as an astronaut for NASA between 1996 and 2014, going on two missions to service the Hubble telescope, spending more than 30 hours […]

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Pakistani Cookery and Tastings with Sumayya Usmani

Saturday 29th October, 8pm

Summers Under the Tamarind Tree is a contemporary Pakistani cookbook celebrating the varied, exciting and often-overlooked cuisine of a beautiful country. Sumayya Usmani captures the rich, aromatic pleasure of Pakistani cooking. With a rich coastline, it enjoys spiced seafoodand amazing fish dishes, while its borders with Iran, Afghanistan, India and China ensure strong Arabic, Persian […]

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Formula One Superstar Johnny Herbert

Monday 31st October, 8pm

Johnny Herbert was one of the most brilliant natural talents to emerge in motor racing, but for all his bravery and prowess, he’s lucky to be alive. After becoming British Junior Karting Champion (losing a finger in the process), then the Formula 3 title for Eddie Jordan in 1987, he was all set for a […]

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Poetry on the Paragon with Carrie Etter and Claire Crowther

Tuesday 1st November, 8pm

Carrie Etter, a perennial favourite in the bookshop, has released perhaps her most brilliant and original creation yet in the small but perfectly formed chapbook, Scar. Exploring the effects of climate change on her home state of Illinois, the writing crackles and sparks in ominous, but somehow beautiful, dissonance. The design of a coin is […]

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Jeremy Paxman on his Life in Questions

Wednesday 2nd November, 8pm

The witty, incisive and frank memoirs from the legend of Newsnight and long-standing quiz master of University Challenge. Filled with views, opinions and stories from 4 decades in front of the camera. Jeremy Paxman is Britain’s bravest, most incisive political interviewer. The no-nonsense star of BBC Newsnight, Paxman is a supreme inquisitor, a master at […]

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Nicola Tallis on Lady Jane Grey

Wednesday 2nd November, 8pm

Most people recognize her name, and many think that they know her story: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen, a young girl who was cruelly abused by her parents, manipulated by the power players in the complex world of sixteenth-century politics, and executed at the age of seventeen. Thus, Jane is remembered as one […]

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River Cottage’s Gill Meller Celebrates the Best of Seasonal British Food

Thursday 3rd November, 8pm

Gill Meller is a celebrated chef, food writer, author and food stylist who has cut his teeth as Head Chef of the River Cottage team. Working closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for over more than a decade, Meller has cooked alongside Hugh on Channel 4 and contributed to the many delectable River Cottage Cookbooks – now he has […]

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John Julius Norwich on Four Giants of the Renaissance

Saturday 5th November, 11.30am

John Julius Norwich’s incredible prolificacy, undeniable erudition and incandescent enthusiasm make him one of Britain’s most important historians. It’s fitting that he now turns to Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V and Suleiman the Magnificent – sometimes friends, more often enemies. These four men held early modern Europe in the hollow of their hands. Never […]

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Matt’s November Reading Group

Sunday 6th November, 8pm

November approaches on the chill winds of winter, so what better way to spend an evening than with fellow lovers of literature in the bright and cosy bookshop! Our packed events schedule means that for one month only we will meet on a Sunday (the regular schedule of meeting every second Monday of the month […]

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An Evening with Reverend Richard Coles

Monday 7th November, 8pm

A multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards – achieving three Top Ten hits, including the biggest selling hit of 1986 “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – Richard Coles subsequently left the pop world to train for a priesthood in the Church of England, becoming what can only be described as […]

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Launch of Rosie Jackson’s The Glass Mother

Monday 7th November, 8pm

Working at the University of East Anglia alongside Malcolm Bradbury and Lorna Sage, Rosie Jackson, in her twenties, was racing towards the top of the academic ladder. But success,  she discovered, came at too great a cost. Turning her back on a life in which she’d fervently believed, she embarked on a difficult search for […]

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Sebastian Barry

Tuesday 8th November, 8pm

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both witness […]

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Paddy Ashdown

Lord Ashdown on the Game of Spies

Wednesday 9th November, 8pm

Join Paddy Ashdown, renowned politician and former marine and intelligence officer, as he discusses his latest book, The Game of Spies. He recreates an absolutely riveting three-way spy story set in occupied France. He grippingly tells the story of a lethal spy triangle that existed between 1942 and 1944 in Bordeaux and of France’s greatest betrayal by aristocratic and right-wing Resistance leader André Grandclément. The story […]

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Ben Fogle

Thursday 10th November, 8pm

Following hot on the heels of the publication of the Number One Sunday Times bestseller Labrador, Ben Fogle turns his attention to that icon of Britishness, the Land Rover Defender.  To understand our national love affair Ben has travelled the length of the British Isles in an old Series 1 Land Rover, spending time with […]

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Coffee and Pastries with The Heseltines at The Gainsborough

Friday 11th November, 11.30am

Join us for coffee with The Heseltines in the stunning surroundings of the Gainsborough hotel. Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden is the story of former Deputy Prime Minister, Michael and his wife, Anne Heseltine’s garden and their family over 40 years. They will give an illustrated talk about how they transformed a wild, […]

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Woody Woodmansey Spider from Mars on Life with David Bowie

Friday 11th November, 8pm

In Spider From Mars: My Life with Bowie, Woody Woodmansey recalls his experience of London’s burgeoning glam rock scene and of Bowie while playing as his drummer on four seminal albums: The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane. He also appeared on two live albums, Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture and Santa […]

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Susie Dent Uncovers the Secret Languages of Britain

Saturday 12th November, 11.30am

Susie Dent is familiar to us all as the resident word expert in Dictionary Corner on Channel 4’s Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Noone is as well-placed to uncover the secret languages we all use. Have you ever wondered why football managers all speak the same way, what a cabbie calls […]

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Paul Morley on the Age of David Bowie

Monday 14th November, 8pm

Following his death in January, the artistic achievements of David Bowie have been savoured and celebrated and his loss mourned by fans and cultural historians alike.  Paul Morley, respected arts commentator, broadcaster and writer has produced a startling biography that captures the greatest moments of Bowie’s career. Paul Morley also curated the sell out, world-touring […]

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Alice Oswald

Tuesday 15th November, 7pm

Alice Oswald is quite possibly our greatest living poet. She received an immense amount of critical recognition, winning ­ the Eric Gregory award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for best Single poem and the inaugural Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry. It is hardly […]

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Local Launch for Poet Ruth Sharman

Wednesday 16th November, 8pm

“Many people have experienced the wounds Ruth Sharman uncovers…”, wrote Julia Casterton of Birth of the Owl Butterflies (Picador), “but few have sung their wounds, vengefully, murderously, in such lovely music, with such a good ear and eye for when to strike the coup de grâce.” Scarlet Tiger is Ruth Sharman’s second collection. Gentler, more […]

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Talk and Tastings with Fuchsia Dunlop on the Culinary Heart of China

Thursday 17th November, 8pm

“Fuchsia Dunlop, our great writer and expert on Chinese gastronomy, has fallen in love with this region and its cuisine – and her book makes us fall in love too, “Claudia Roden. “Fuchsia Dunlop’s erudite writing infuses each page and her delicious recipes will inspire any serious cook to take up their wok, “Ken Hom Take […]

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Mark Frost Uncovers The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Friday 18th November, 8pm

From the co-creator of the landmark series Twin Peaks comes a novel that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town that will not only thrill disciples of the original series, and will prep fans for the upcoming TV series like nothing else out there. Twin Peaks changed television forever, and paved the way for the innovative, […]

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Poetry on the Paragon with John Greening and Penelope Shuttle

Friday 18th November, 8pm

Criss-crossed with desire-lines and flight paths, Penelope Shuttle and John Greening’s Heath is a wild chorus of poems written in call and response across Hounslow Heath. Through bramble, furze and over wild tracks, we explore the run-out grooves of a rapidly vanishing edgeland that may soon go under the tarmac of the proposed third runway […]

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Bath Spa University Being Human Festival of the Humanities

Monday 21st November, 8pm

As part of the 2016 Being Human Festival of the Humanities Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents three of our creative writers, Stephen Moss, Maggie Gee, and Samantha Walton, in conversation about the way that their work explores the hopes and fears that are inextricably entangled with the living landscapes we inhabit at this time […]

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Matthew Parris

An Evening with Matthew Parris

Tuesday 22nd November, 8pm

There’s no pleasure like a perfectly-turned put-down (when it’s directed at somebody else, of course) but Matthew Parris’s Scorn is sharply different from the standard collections.  He shows that insults can be an art form, and will share a selection of the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti […]

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Poetry on the Paragon with Rachael Boast

Thursday 24th November, 8pm

Void Studies, Rachel Boast’s extraordinary new poetry collection, realises a project that the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud had proposed, but never written. Études néantes was to consist of poems written as musical études; these would not convey any direct message – but instead summon the abstract spirit of their subject. This ‘impossible project’ has […]

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Sir Roy Strong

Coffee and Cake with Sir Roy Strong

Saturday 26th November, 11.30am

Former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the V & A, eminent historian, gardener and Britain’s premier dandy, Sir Roy Strong will talk about his new volume of diaries. Scenes and Apparitions begins where its predecessor, Splendours and Miseries, left off. It covers a period of Roy Strong’s life from 1988 to 2003. Shaking off the […]

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An Evening with John Gray

Monday 28th November, 8pm

Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why do beliefs that humanity can be improved end in farce or horror? Is atheism a hangover from Christian faith? John Gray, one of the most iconoclastic thinkers of our time, smashes through civilisation’s long cherished beliefs, overturning our view of the world and our place in it. “Gray […]

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Jeanette Winterson

A Christmas Evening with Jeanette Winterson

Wednesday 30th November, 8pm

Everybody loves a Christmas story. The tradition of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a tradition of celebration, sharing and giving. And what better way to do that than with a story? Read these stories by the fire, in the snow, travelling home for the holidays. Give them to friends, wrap them up for someone […]

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Salley Vickers

An Evening with Salley Vickers

Wednesday 7th December, 8pm

Salley Vickers first novel Miss Garnett’s Angel was an international word of mouth bestseller, and she has since established herself as one of our leading novelists, in the tradition of Penelope Fitzgerald and Marilynne Robinson.  In her latest book, Cousins, brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life changing accident with consequences  which echo through three generations of the Tye […]

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Explore Mindfulness with Ruby Wax

Saturday 14th January 2017, 11.30am

Join us for a stimulating morning in Bath. Ruby Wax will be in town with us to talk about her latest book, Mindfulness for the Frazzled, her own unique take on mindfulness. I know what you’re thinking – what if I don’t want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of […]

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Launch Event for Uncharted Poems by June Hall

Tuesday 24th January 2017, 8pm

June Hall lives in the heritage city of Bath with her novelist husband, Greg. Her son, Richard, lives and teaches in Spain, and her daughter, Katherine, lives and works in London. She began her career in the editorial department at Faber & Faber where she eventually became an editor before moving into paperback and American publishing and eventually setting up a […]

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Tessa Hadley Launch Event for Bad Dreams and Other Stories

Thursday 26th January 2017, 8pm

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels and short stories. In Bad Dreams and Other Stories, it’s the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric, say, and a forgotten jacket. Small acts have large consequences, and some of them reverberate across decades; things fantasised in private can reach […]

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Poetry on the Paragon with John Fuller

Saturday 28th January 2017, 11.30am

John Fuller is one of our greatest poets, novelists and critics. He joins us to celebrate his 80th birthday. His new collection of poems, The Bone Flowers, is a  rambunctious romp of a narrative poem about what beauty and meaning we leave in the world, and a celebration and resignation of life’s closing – through beauty, art, music […]

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An Evening with Tom Kerridge

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8pm

Tom Kerridge has an impressive magnetism live on stage and his warmth,  passion and dedication shine through. And as the most loved, down-to-earth but high-flying chef on the food scene, Kerridge has become known for his big flavours and beautifully crafted yet accessible food. Thanks to his little-known Dopamine Diet, Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has shed eleven stone over […]

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From Shiver Production 
Programme 1 Tintagel 
Friday 17th October 2014 on ITV 
Pictured: Historian Bettany Hughes at Tintagel Castle 
The countrys most historic landmarks and glorious landscapes are explored from a birds eye view in Secrets From The Sky. 
Using an octocopter, a remote controlled helicopter carrying a camera, historian Bettany Hughes and aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson look down on sites of great historical interest to gain a brand new perspective and uncover further information about our ancestors. 
Britains landscape is dotted with historical monuments such as Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Stonehenge, Maiden Castle, Sutton Hoo, The Antonine Wall and Old Sarum in Wiltshire. The series investigates these monuments, revealing a new insight into our nations story and showing Britains stunning landscapes through fantastic aerial views. 
By looking down on these sites from above, the clues on the ground can be linked together to uncover the full story locked in the landscape. The lumps and bumps in the ground can take on a different meaning when viewed from above. 
This photograph is  ITV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the  programme Secrets From The Sky. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website

Bettany Hughes

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 8pm

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qu’ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries – real and imagined. Standing as […]

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David Crystal

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8pm

Grammar is in the news again, involving new generations of children, teachers, and parents. People continue to argue about what’s right and wrong, and try to get to grips with the complexities. But why is grammar thought to be so difficult? How do children learn it so easily? Is there a way of making its […]

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Spanish Food Talk and Tastings with Omar Allibhoy

Friday 17th March 2017, 8pm

Spanish food can be incredibly easy to make at home. In Spanish Made Simple, Omar Allibhoy, the chef behind the Tapas Revolution restaurants, guides you through the basics of 100 key Spanish dishes. All the ingredients are available from supermarkets and you don’t need to be an expert cook. Spanish cooking is characterised by deep […]

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