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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.

Coronavirus update

We’re working to postpone our events in March, April and May. We will email or text all those who have booked for each event to let them know and advise them of new dates.

If you’re unable to attend an event for whatever reason, please do let us know beforehand. We are very happy to arrange a swap for another event or a credit note to use at any point in the future.

April Translated Fiction Reading Group

Monday 6th April, 7.30pm

This month we are reading Fate by Argentinian author Jorge Consiglio. This novel focuses on a group of characters who are all in different ways endeavouring to take control of their fate. Their desire to lead a genuine existence forces them to confront difficult decisions, and to break out of comfortable routines. Our reading group is a […] See more »

This Too Shall Pass with Julia Samuel

Thursday 9th April, 8pm

We live in a culture of limitless choice – and life is now more complex than ever. In This Too Shall Pass, acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel draws on hours of conversations with her patients to show how we can learn to adapt and thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences. Illuminated by the latest social […] See more »

The Restaurant with William Sitwell

Thursday 23rd April, 8pm

One of our leading food writers, restaurant critic and formerly the award-winning editor of Waitrose Food, William Sitwell is also one of the longstanding critics on the hit BBC MasterChef. His new book, The Restaurant: A History of Eating Out, Sitwell takes us on a vivid romp through the fascinating history of eating out, covering the […] See more »

Craig Brown on The Beatles

Thursday 7th May, 8pm

On April 10th 2020, it will be exactly 50 years since Paul McCartney announced the break-up of the Beatles. The Fab Four continue to occupy a position unique in popular culture. They have entered people’s minds in a way that did not occur before, and has not occurred since. Their influence extended way beyond the […] See more »

Talks & Tastes: Giffords Circus Cookbook with Ols Halas

Thursday 14th May, 8pm

Celebrating 20 years of fun, laughter and good food, the extraordinary Giffords Circus Cookbook brings this enchanting circus to life into your homes. We are delighted to be celebrating this magical West Country institution with the launch of their cookbook. Started by Nell and Toti Gifford in 2000, Giffords has been touring the village greens […] See more »

Talks & Tastes: Lara Lee’s Indonesian Kitchen

Tuesday 19th May, 8pm

Enjoy stories and tantalising tastes from a diverse and barely known cuisine this evening: Nasi goreng, Beef rendang, Chilli prawn satay and Fragrant spicy sambals. Indonesian and Australian chef and food writer, Lara Lee will cook and talk about her debut cookbook, Coconut & Sambal – vibrant and authentic recipes from the bountiful islands of […] See more »

Paul Kingsnorth Bath Launch for Alexandria

Wednesday 20th May, 8pm

A timely and seminal portrait of climate apocalypse. ‘Like Robert Macfarlane re-written by Cormac McCarthy.’ The Telegraph ‘Beckett doing Beowulf.’ The London Review of Books One thousand years from now, the sole inhabitants of a small island – a group no larger than an extended family – are living in a post-civilised world. They are perhaps the […] See more »

Andrés Neuman on Fracture

Thursday 21st May, 8pm

“Neuman is touched by grace. Readers will find something that can only be found in great literature, the kind written by real poets, a literature that dares to venture into the dark with open eyes and that keeps its eyes open no matter what. The literature of the 21st century will belong to Neuman and […] See more »

Philippe Sands on The Ratline: Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

Friday 22nd May, 8pm

Philippe Sands’ ‘The Ratline is a story of life and love, murder, denial and a curious death. Otto von Wächter was a senior Austrian Nazi indicted for mass murder who escaped justice after the war. Sands uncovers remarkable new evidence about what exactly happened to Otto von Wächter leading up to his unexpected death in […] See more »

Talks & Tastes: Gill Meller

Wednesday 3rd June, 8pm

Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower is a cookbook about plants – it’s about making the most of the land’s bounty in your everyday cooking. Making small changes to the way we cook and eat can both lessen the impact we have on the environment and dramatically improve our health and wellbeing: good for us and for future […] See more »

Rukmini Iyer: The Roasting Tin Around the World

Wednesday 10th June, 8pm

We welcome back the food writer behind the hugely popular and bestselling Roasting Tin series. Rukmini Iyer first revolutionised weeknight cooking with her bestselling The Roasting Tin: unfussy, one-tin-fits-all recipes that you can make with just a few supermarket ingredients and a roasting pan. Now she’s back with The Roasting Tin Around the World, a collection of easy, delicious […] See more »

Amanda Craig on The Golden Rule

Wednesday 24th June, 8pm

“If you like your novels wide-ranging, ambitious, socially panoramic, and engaged in the most important issues of the day, Amanda Craig is the writer for you. For more than twenty years now she has been anatomising the state of the British nation with wit and empathy, ” Jonathan Coe. When Hannah is invited into the […] See more »

Charles Beddington on Canaletto Painting Venice

Monday 29th June, 6.30pm

In Venice, on the Grand Tour in 1731, the future fourth Duke of Bedford met with the great art agent, Consul Joseph Smith. The commission he placed resulted in 24 of the greatest and most typical works of Canaletto. First installed in Bedford House London, they were moved to their splendid position in the Dining […] See more »

A Life in Cricket with Dennis Amiss

Tuesday 30th June, 8pm

One of only 25 players in the history of cricket to have scored 100 First Class Centuries Dennis Amiss is a member of the game’s most prestigious elite. Joining Warwickshire as a professional at only 15 years old he played 50 Test Matches for England ending with an average higher than such cricketing ‘greats’ as […] See more »

Talks & Tastes: Olia Hercules’ Summer Kitchens

Thursday 9th July, 8pm

A new cookbook from Olia Hercules is always an exciting date for your diaries. This time the author of the award-winning Mamushka and Kaukasis brings us delicious recipes from the idyllic ‘summer kitchens’ of Ukraine. Olia Hercules owes some of her earliest and fondest memories to the ‘summer kitchens’ of her parents, grandparents, neighbours and […] See more »

Helen Cullen on The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually

Wednesday 22nd July, 8pm

‘I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character – and when I reached the end, I wept. It is just glorious. A sweeping family safe and, at the same time, a close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love’ Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths. Sometimes an author is destined […] See more »

Andrew Adonis on Ernest Bevin: Labour’s Churchill

Tuesday 28th July, 8pm

As a statesman, Ernest Bevin is second only to Churchill in impact and legacy. Born in abject poverty to a single mother, and with virtually no formal education, Bevin went on to become the founder of the largest trade union in British history and then made it to the top of politics and government. As […] See more »

Loyd Grossman on An Elephant in Rome: Bernini, The Pope and The Making of the Eternal City

Tuesday 1st September, 6.30pm

Broadcaster and heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman explores the career of the 17th-century artist and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and the political context and papal patronages that defined his career. An Elephant in Rome offers a fascinating account of this period in Rome’s history. Loyd’s unique voice and signature style offers a fascinating and deeper account […] See more »

Emilio Pimentel-Reid on Bold British Design

Wednesday 2nd September, 6.30pm

Emilio Pimentel-Reid is an award-winning interiors stylist, editor and designer who has worked with some of the most recognised brands, designers and publications from ELLE Decoration, Architectural Digest and GQ to Georg Jensen, Brinton’s and Dedar. Designers the world over are increasingly looking to British creatives to combine heritage and history with wit, modernity and attitude. With the […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE Andrew Ziminski Stonemason: A History of Building Britain

Thursday 3rd September, 6.30pm

This event has been postponed and will now take place on Thursday September 3rd. Andrew Ziminski is a stonemason living and working in what was ancient Wessex. He has three decades of hands-on experience with the tangible history of this country and has worked on some of the greatest and most interesting monuments in Britain; […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE Maggie O’Farrell on Hamnet

Tuesday 8th September, 8pm

This event has been postponed and will now take place on Tuesday 8th September. Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell talks about her new novel based on the death of Shakespeare’s son Hamnet and the writing of the play that bore his name.  In beautiful imagination of the short life of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, and the untold […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE Charles Nevin’s Story of Bath

Tuesday 8th September, 8pm

This event has been postponed and will now take place on Tuesday 8th September. Join us for an evening with distinguished journalist, national newspaper columnist, author and humorist Charles Nevin for stories of sprees in Bath from Beau Nash to Horatio Nelson and beyond.  ‘Welcome to Bath! It is the middle of the eighteenth century […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE An Evening with Alexandra Shulman

Thursday 17th September, 8pm

This event has been postponed and will now take place on Thursday 17th September. We are delighted to host an evening with former Vogue Editor, writer, journalist and consultant, Alexandra Shulman. In Clothes & Other Things That Matter, she explores the meaning of clothes and how we wear them looking at items of clothing that […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE Modern-Day Suffragette Sophie Walker

Tuesday 22nd September, 8pm

This event has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday 22nd September. Modern-day suffragette and long-time feminist activist turned political party leader, Sophie Walker offers us a 5-step journey to incorporating activism into our lives. Five Rules for Rebellion is an inspiring handbook for future rebels and revolutionaries – women who are fed […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE James Naughtie: On the American Road – Adventures from Nixon to Trump

Tuesday 29th September, 8pm

This event has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday 29th September. James Naughtie, the acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster, now brings his unique and inquisitive eye to the country that has fascinated him and drawn him across the Atlantic for half a century. In looking at America, from Presidents Nixon through to […] See more »

An Evening with Dan Pearson

Thursday 8th October, 8pm

Internationally celebrated British landscape designer and gardening writer, Dan Pearson explores a pioneering new strand of naturalistic gardening. His new book, Tokachi Millennium Forest is a window into the unique and groundbreaking approach to gardening at this public park in Japan and the rejuvenating ways we can reconnect with the land, plants and wildlife around us. Contributions from Head Gardener, Midori Shintani, […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE Sebastian Barry on A Thousand Moons

Thursday 8th October, 8pm

This event has been postponed and will now take place on Thursday 8th October. Even when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live… Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole. Living with Thomas and John on the […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE. Helen Lewis: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights

Monday 12th October, 8pm

This event has been postponed and will now take place on Monday 12th October. No woman ever changed the world by being nice. When we look back at history, it’s the women who were outspoken, disobedient and downright difficult whom we have to thank for the feminist victories that have been won. But according to […] See more »

RESCHEDULED DATE Falastin: Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley

Thursday 15th October, 8pm

This event has been rescheduled and will now take place on Thursday 15th October.   Falastin is a love letter to Palestine, the land and its people; an evocative collection of over 110 unforgettable recipes and stories from the co-authors of Jerusalem and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, and Ottolenghi SIMPLE. Travelling through Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, Nablus, Haifa, Akka, Nazareth, Galilee and […] See more »

John Gray on Cats and the Meaning of Life

Tuesday 17th November, 8pm

With Feline Philosophy, John Gray draws on a wide reading to consider why human beings need contact with other creatures, and how the feline friendship is perhaps the most special of all. There is no real evidence that humans ever ‘domesticated’ cats. Rather it seems that at some point cats saw the potential value of humans […] See more »

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