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Bath Events and Reading Groups

In this beautiful Georgian city we host all sorts of literary occasions from reading groups to large events. We are home to an all year round literary festival, culminating every year in our Bath Autumn Literary Festival.

NEW DATE: David Flatman and Mark Durden-Smith: Rugby Laid Bare

Monday 6th December, 7.30pm

Join us for an evening of banter with  hugely popular rugby broadcasting double act David Flatman and Mark Durden-Smith as they dissect and celebrate rugby union. Flats and Durders will cover every facet of the game, from surviving the front row, what it takes to be a leader, referees both good and bad, mind games, […] See more »

An Evening with Dire Straits’ John Illsley

Wednesday 8th December, 7.30pm

“An uplifting journey through the sheer hard work, pitfalls and thrills of navigating a great rock band to the pinnacle of success. I so enjoyed the ride!” Roger Taylor of Queen. Dire Straits filled giant stadiums around the world and sold hundreds of millions of records. Throughout the eighties they were one of the biggest […] See more »

Phil Pearce for the Green Rocket Cookbook

Thursday 20th January 2022, 7.30pm

Philip Pearce is the chef and owner of the Green Rocket, an award-winning cafe and restaurant in Bath that prides itself on creating brilliant vegan food using local produce. He has been vegan for 26 years and is a firm believer that vegan food doesn’t have to be bland or entirely health-focused. The Green Rocket […] See more »

James Birch in conversation about Francis Bacon in Moscow

Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 7.30pm

‘A rollicking cultural adventure… fascinating and true’ – Grayson Perry Bacon in Moscow is the funny and personal memoir is the account of an audacious attempt by James Birch, a young British curator, to mount the ground-breaking retrospective of Francis Bacon’s work at the newly refurbished Central House of Artists, Moscow in 1988. Side-lined by […] See more »

An Evening with Patrick Gale

Tuesday 8th March 2022, 7.30pm

One of this country’s best-loved novelists, the author of Notes From An Exhibition and A Place Called Winter, Patrick Gale joins us in Bath for his new novel Mother’s Boy. Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in Teignmouth in 1916. They have a baby, Charles, but Laura’s […] See more »

Henry Eliot on the Penguin Modern Classics

Thursday 10th March 2022, 7.30pm

For six decades the Penguin Modern Classics series has been an era-defining, ever-evolving series of books, encompassing works by modernist pioneers, avant-garde iconoclasts, radical visionaries and timeless storytellers. The newly published reader’s companion showcases every title in the series so far, with more than 1,800 books and 600 authors, from Achebe and Adonis to Zamyatin […] See more »

Gerald Seymour for The Foot Soldiers

Tuesday 5th April 2022, 7.30pm

On the 5th April we will be joined by one of the best-loved authors of thrillers, the brilliant Gerald Seymour, for his new book The Foot Soldiers. Gerald spent fifteen years as an international television news reporter with ITN, covering Vietnam and the Middle East, and specialising in the subject of terrorism across the world. […] See more »

Georgina Hayden for Nistisima

Thursday 7th April 2022, 7.30pm

Georgina Hayden is an award-winning cook and food writer who writes for publications such as The Telegraph, Delicious Magazine and Observer Food Monthly. In 2021 she was awarded the Fortnum & Mason Best Cookery Writer Award for her work in Waitrose Food magazine! Now she joins us for her latest book, Nistisima, a celebration of […] See more »

Charlotte Philby on Edith and Kim

Thursday 21st April 2022, 7.30pm

“Superbly crafted with heart-stopping twists and chills galore. A new star has arrived in the thriller firmament, ” The Times. “Philby is a skilled and evocative writer,” The Financial Times. The story of what became of Kim Philby and the other Cambridge Five spies, is well known. What is less  well-known is the role that Edith […] See more »

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