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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.

Thomas Halliday for Otherlands: A World in the Making.

Wednesday 23rd February, 7.30pm

Thomas Halliday is an award-winning palaeobiologist and Associate Research Fellow at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Birmingham. Otherlands is his debut book, a dazzlingly original, lyrical and epic encounter with the Earth as it used to be.  Halliday will join us on the 23rd of February to take us on a […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE: An Evening with Ruby Wax

Friday 4th March, 7.30pm

Bestselling author and comedian, Ruby Wax, brings her iconic wit and expertise to Bath once more to help equip us with a positive roadmap for a kinder, brighter world and better mental health. As we begin to see the green shoots of a post-pandemic world, Ruby Wax’s clever and witty And Now for the Good News is […] See more »

An Evening with Patrick Gale

Tuesday 8th March, 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 »

Lea Ypi on Free: Coming of Age at the End of History

Wednesday 9th March, 7.30pm

‘I never asked myself about the meaning of freedom until the day I hugged Stalin. From close up, he was much taller than I expected.’ So far, Free by Lea Ypi has been awarded the Sunday Times’ ‘Memoir of the Year’, and has been chosen as one of the books of the year by the […] See more »

Henry Eliot on the Penguin Modern Classics

Thursday 10th March, 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 »

Megan Nolan for Acts of Desperation

Thursday 10th March, 7.30pm

Megan Nolan’s Acts of Desperation was the standout debut fiction success of last year – and a number of our booksellers’ best book of the year. Megan joins us this March to discuss the novel and celebrate the paperback release.  She’s twenty-three and in love with love. He’s older, and the most beautiful man she’s […] See more »

Zoë Somerville Book Launch

Friday 11th March, 7.30pm

Part ghost story, part novel of suspense The Marsh House is the haunting second novel from the author of The Night of the Flood where two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by one, mysterious house on the North Norfolk coast. December, 1962. Desperate to create a happy Christmas for her young daughter, Franny, after a disastrous year, Malorie […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE: Green Rocket Cookbook with Philip Pearce

Tuesday 15th March, 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 »

Karen Joy Fowler for Booth

Wednesday 16th March, 7.30pm

Karen Joy Fowler is the New York Times-bestselling author of three short story collections and seven novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, won the PEN/Faulkner Prize and has sold over a million copies. Now she joins us from the US […] See more »

Ammu: Indian Home-Cooking for the Soul with Asma Khan

Tuesday 29th March, 7.30pm

Asma Khan is owner of Darjeeling Express, London, and one of the UK’s most prominent female chefs. Asma was the first British chef to appear on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. An unstoppable force for social change in the food industry and beyond, Asma has been revolutionising the London restaurant scene since 2017 with her world-renowned Indian food, […] See more »

Tessa Hadley for Free Love

Thursday 31st March, 7.30pm

Tessa Hadley, bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past, joins us to discuss her new novel Free Love, a compulsive story of one woman’s sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London 1967. While London comes alive with the new youth revolution, the suburban Fischer family seems to belong to an older world of conventional […] See more »

Okechukwu Nzelu for Here Again Now

Friday 1st April, 7.30pm

Award-winning author Okechukwu Nzelu joins us in Bath to discuss his new novel, Here Again Now, a spellbinding literary novel that asks, how do you move forward when the past keeps pulling you back? In 2015, Okechukwu was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. His debut novel, The Private Joys […] See more »

Gerald Seymour for The Foot Soldiers

Tuesday 5th April, 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 »

Amy Bloom on In Love

Tuesday 5th April, 7.30pm

“A remarkable book from one of the USA’s most consistently brilliant writers. The subject is death, so the end is inevitable; but Bloom’s story is full of surprises and some of the most heart breaking, honest and funniest writing you’ll ever read,” Roddy Doyle. Amy Bloom is one of our greatest American writers. With extraordinary […] See more »

Georgina Hayden for Nistisima

Thursday 7th April, 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 »

James Runcie on Bach

Monday 11th April, 7.30pm

Join us for an evening of great historical fiction with James Runcie, creator of the Grantchester Mysteries, as we delve into the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Runcie’s latest novel, The Great Passion, tells of 11 year old Stefan and his time in Leipzig, where he trains as a singer in the St Thomas […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE: Bacon in Moscow with James Birch

Wednesday 13th April, 7.30pm

‘A rollicking cultural adventure… fascinating and true’ – Grayson Perry This funny and personal memoir is the account of an audacious attempt by curator James Birch, 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 the British establishment, Birch found himself at […] See more »

Charlotte Philby on Edith and Kim

Thursday 21st April, 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 »

Andrew Miller for The Slowworm’s Song

Thursday 28th April, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome the award-winning author of Pure, Andrew Miller, in celebration of his new novel The Slowworm’s Song. An ex-soldier and recovering alcoholic living quietly in Somerset, Stephen Rose has just begun to form a bond with the daughter he barely knows when he receives a summons – to an inquiry into an incident […] See more »

Sandra Newman for The Men

Wednesday 1st June, 7.30pm

Sandra Newman is the acclaimed author of the Bailey’s Prize-longlisted The Country of Ice Cream Star, The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award), and the much-loved The Heavens. She joins us in June to celebrate her dazzling new novel The Men, a gripping, beautiful and disquieting novel […] See more »

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