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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 a vibrant all year round event programme, culminating every year in our Autumn Literary Festival which runs from September through to the end of November.


Tea Obreht for The Morningside

Monday 27th May, 7.30pm

Téa Obreht is the author of The Tiger's Wife, winner of the Orange Prize (now the Women's Prize for Fiction) and a finalist for the National …

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Susan Dennard and S.T Gibson in Bath

Tuesday 28th May, 7pm

We're so excited to announce an evening with Susan Dennard and ST Gibson to celebrate the literary gem that is The Hunting Moon and the highly …

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Max Hastings for Operation Biting

Tuesday 28th May, 7.30pm

In February 1942 RAF intelligence was baffled by a newly-identified radar network on the coast of Nazi-occupied Europe, codenamed Würzburg. The brilliant scientist Dr.R.V. Jones proposed …

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An Evening with Colm Toibin for Long Island: The long-awaited sequel to Brooklyn

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

Colm Tóibín is the author of ten previous novels, including The Master, Brooklyn, and The Magician. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Toibin was appointed …

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Su Scott for Pocha: Simple Korean Food from the Streets of Seoul

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

An evening of Korean Street Food from UK based Korean chef and author of the critically acclaimed Rice Table. Join us to celebrate the first ever …

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Marlon James: A Decade Since the Booker Prize

Thursday 30th May, 7.30pm

The winner of the 2015 Man Booker prize & literary star Marlon James returns to the bookshop to celebrate and discuss the book that won him …

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Don McCullin and Barnaby Rogerson

Friday 31st May, 6pm

‘Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything …

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On Foot in Bath Literary Walk

Sunday 2nd June, 11am

Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott are the founders of Akeman Press and the leading historians on the city of Bath.Celebrating the newly updated third edition of …

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Cat Bohannon for Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution

Sunday 2nd June, 7pm

Join us for an evening with Cat Bohannon and her Women's Prize for Non-fiction longlisted book, Eve.‘A rare book: scholarly, funny, accessible and very important.’ - …

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Mira Manek: Ayurvedic Workshop

Monday 3rd June, 7pm

Join us for an Ayurvedic & Chai workshop with Mira Manek to celebrate Prajna and The Book of Chai with a cup of chai and some …

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Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan for Question 7

Monday 3rd June, 7pm

'Richard Flanagan’s Question 7 is the strangest and most beautiful memoir I’ve ever read. Magnificent.’ ~ Tim Winton, ‘Best Reads of the Year’'[Reading Question 7 was …

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An Afternoon with Reverend Richard Coles

Tuesday 4th June, 2pm

Join us for a fabulous afternoon with friend of the bookshop, Reverend Richard Coles, for his latest publication, Murder at the Monastery.Canon Daniel Clement has suffered …

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An Evening with Charles Cordell

Tuesday 4th June, 7pm

'Charles Cordell, a former soldier, writes with a bravura confidence.' The TimesCharles Cordell has been a career soldier and diplomat on the ground in the Middle …

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So Good with Em The Nutritionist

Wednesday 5th June, 7pm

Join us to celebrate debut cookbook, So Good, by Emily English (@emthenutritionist). Emily, now a fully qualified and registered nutritionist, developed her curiosity for the science …

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An Evening with Claire Carroll, Tessa Hadley & Richard Kerridge

Thursday 6th June, 7pm

Join Tessa Hadley, Richard Kerridge and debut author Claire Carroll for the launch of The Unreliable Nature Writer, a delightful exploration of our relationships in the …

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An Evening with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Thursday 6th June, 7pm

Join us for an evening of great gut health and more, with writer, broadcaster, campaigner and River Cottage impresario, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.In his new book How to …

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British Museum Lectures - Sarah Vowles on Michelangelo: the last decades

Monday 10th June, 7pm

Tracing the final 30 years of Michelangelo's career, curator Sarah Vowles examines how the great master used art and faith to explore the common human experience …

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Eco Book Group

Monday 10th June, 7pm

Through a blend of books on topics such as Ecology and Sustainability, Nature to Fiction, we want to explore the current Climate Change crisis, and what …

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Peace Medie event

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlisted Peace Adzo Medie for Nightbloom

Monday 10th June, 7pm

'Remarkable' Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' StreetJoin us for an evening with Women's Prize nominee, Peace Adzo Medie, to celebrate the publication of Nightbloom.Peace's …

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Love Vegetables: Delicious Recipes for Vibrant Meals with Anna Shepherd

Tuesday 11th June, 7pm

'Anna makes food I love to eat. She knows how to bring out the best in every vegetable.' ~ Anna JonesAnna Shepherd is a Bristol-based chef …

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Cato Pedder for Moederland: Nine Daughters of South Africa

Tuesday 11th June, 7pm

Moederland is a courageous and modern appraisal of what it means to be descended from the people who created the ultra-racist apartheid system in South Africa. …

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An Evening with Fearne Cotton

Wednesday 12th June, 7pm

Please note this event is now taking place at Christ Church, Julian Road. The date and time remain the same.A woman at a crossroads must rewrite …

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Baillie Gifford 'Winner of Winners' James Shapiro for The Playbook

Wednesday 12th June, 7pm

James Shapiro, who teaches English at Columbia University in New York, is author of several books, including 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare …

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Queer Lit Reading Group

Thursday 13th June, 7pm

Visit the bookshop for a discussion on these searingly political, extravagantly stylish dispatches from the margins by a queer Latin American icon.“I speak from my difference” …

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Yuan Yang for Private Revolutions: Coming of Age in New China

Monday 17th June, 7pm

Join us for an evening with Yuan Yang for Private Revolutions: Coming of Age in a New China, a sweeping yet intimate portrait of modern China …

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SIFT with Nicola Lamb: A Masterclass

Wednesday 19th June, 7pm

Chef Nicola Lamb will lead a Baking Masterclass on 'why things go wrong' - the nitty-gritty of why your custard has curdled, why your sponge didn't …

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Will Tosh for Straight Acting: The Many Queer Lives of William Shakespeare

Wednesday 19th June, 7pm

'Magisterial and saucy . . . This fresh account kickstarts the queer canon of English literature: Shakespeare won't go back in the closet again'EMMA SMITH, author …

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Alexander Christie-Miller and Sami Kent on Istanbul's past, present, and future

Thursday 20th June, 7pm

'An enthralling guide to one of the world's great cities - that blends history and insights into the present day from one of the most astute …

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Kevin Kwan on Lies and Weddings

Thursday 20th June, 7pm

'Truly delicious . . . it's everything I want a book to be' DAISY BUCHANAN'Salacious and addictive, every page left me giggling with glee' ANNIE LORD'Wickedly …

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Tim Anderson Updates your Microwave Game!

Friday 21st June, 7pm

So long, slow cooker! Adios, air-fryer! The microwave has been around for over 50 years and will likely outlast any new-fangled kitchen gadget as the hero …

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Vegetarian Suppers with Mark Diacono

Monday 24th June, 7pm

"This is a wonderful book. Mark Diacono has combined his exceptional skill and passion for growing and cooking along with his own superb photography to create …

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An Evening with Alison Weir for Mary I: Queen of Sorrows

Tuesday 25th June, 7pm

We are delighted to welcome the incomparable Alison Weir to Bath for her new historical fiction masterpiece, Mary I: Queen of Sorrows.Adored only child of King …

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Charlie Webster for Why It's Okay to Talk About Trauma

Tuesday 25th June, 7pm

We are thrilled to welcome Charlie Webster to the bookshop for her new book, Why It's OK To Talk About Trauma.This is the book your brain, …

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Michael & Rebecca Frayn

Wednesday 26th June, 7pm

'One of our best contemporary writers.' Sunday Telegraph'The most philosophical comic writer - and the most comic philosophical writer - of ourtime.' Daily MailIt's those around …

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John Bowers KC for Downward Spiral: Collapsing Public Standards and How to Restore Them

Thursday 27th June, 7pm

The Johnson era will be remembered for a series of scandals that severely eroded trust in the British government. From questionable PPE tenders and public appointments …

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Joanne Harris for The Moonlight Market

Monday 1st July, 7pm

From the internationally bestselling author of Chocolat and The Gospel of Loki comes The Moonlight Market, a spellbinding modern fairytale where worlds collide and magic is …

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Dean Atta on Person Unlimited

Tuesday 2nd July, 7pm

Dean Atta, award-winning author and performance poet, was the winner of the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT …

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Isherwood and Queer Life 1945-1959: Katherine Bucknell and Peter Parker

Tuesday 2nd July, 7pm

'A first-rate biography of the man, the writer and the lover' DAVID HOCKNEYAn engrossing new biography of the man whose writings about 1930s Berlin made him …

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Tim Weaver for The Missing Family

Thursday 4th July, 7pm

'Fiendishly serpentine and utterly compulsive' LOUISE CANDLISHOne family...On a beautiful summer's day, at a remote lake in the middle of Dartmoor, three members of the Fowler …

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Melissa Hemsley on Real Healthy

Monday 8th July, 7pm

Real Healthy is a life-friendly cookbook for time-poor people who want healthy food that’s quick, convenient and tasty, too. Melissa Hemsley provides simple, doable, and delicious …

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Michelin Starred Chef Paul Ainsworth

Tuesday 9th July, 7pm

An Evening with the South West's Most Celebrated Chef.We're so pleased to host an evening to champion the first cookbook from Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth.At the …

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Former FBI Director James Comey on Politics, Justice and America

Wednesday 24th July, 6.30pm

Fired by By Donald Trump in 2017, the former FBI Director and chief federal prosecutor joins us in Bath to share his insights into power and …

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Matt Haig for The Life Impossible

Thursday 29th August, 7pm

Matt Haig, the superstar author of the multimillion-selling sensation The Midnight Library and Notes on a Nervous Planet comes to Bath for his remarkable new novel …

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An Evening with Elif Shafak

Tuesday 3rd September, 7pm

Join us for an evening with the legendary Elif Shafak for her new novel There are Rivers in the Sky.Elif Shafak is an award-winning British Turkish …

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British Museum Lectures: Salon culture in Japan

Wednesday 4th September, 7pm

Our programme of British Museum Lectures is a collaboration designed to showcase new British Museum exhibitions, brought to your doorstep. The latest in this series is …

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Julia Armfield for Private Rites

Monday 9th September, 7pm

The bestselling author of Our Wives Under the Sea returns with a stunning, unsettling novel following three sisters navigating queer love and faith at the end …

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Inver's Pam Brunton on Between Two Waters

Tuesday 10th September, 7pm

Pam Brunton is the acclaimed chef behind Inver restaurant on Loch Fyne, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2025.Inver has won countless awards and is a …

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Abi Dare for And So I Roar

Wednesday 11th September, 7pm

We are thrilled to welcome Abi Daré to the bookshop, author of the international bestseller The Girl With The Louding Voice.Adunni and Ms Tia are back, …

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An evening with Peter May: The Black Loch

Wednesday 11th September, 7pm

Join us in the bookshop to celebrate crime-writing legend Peter May and the return of Fin Macleod, the much-loved hero of the internationally bestselling Lewis trilogy.A …

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Ben Macintyre on The Siege

Tuesday 17th September, 7pm

'Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else' John PrestonFrom the author of Sunday Times #1 bestsellers COLDITZ, SAS: ROGUE HEROES and THE SPY AND THE …

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Helen Charman for Mother State

Tuesday 17th September, 7pm

“The care of children is a social responsibility that rightly should be shared by all of us. Still, though, this isn’t the case: in the UK …

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Victoria Hislop for The Figurine

Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm

'A beautiful, moving and thought provoking story, The Figurine is a stunning read . . . her love and passion for Greece comes through loud and …

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Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Talk Comfort

Thursday 19th September, 7pm

Join us for the much-anticipated publication of Ottolenghi Comfort with co-authors Helen, Verena, and Tara to celebrate food, stories of home and the connections we make …

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Hannah Sullivan & Nick Laird

Monday 23rd September, 7pm

Hannah Sullivan's first collection, Three Poems, won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the inaugural John Pollard International Poetry Prize. Was It for This continues that …

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Romy Gill's India: Recipes from Home

Tuesday 24th September, 7pm

We're so happy to welcome back Romy Gill (Zaika, On the Himalayan Trail) for a Cookery Demo, Talk & Tastings'Romy Gill conjures magic on the plate …

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Baillie Gifford winner Craig Brown on A Voyage Around the Queen

Thursday 26th September, 7pm

Craig Brown has been writing the parodic celebrity diary for Private Eye since 1989 alongside a rich variety of publications, including the Guardian, the New Statesman …

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Sonia Purnell for Kingmaker

Monday 21st October, 7pm

Join us for an evening with Sonia Purnell, author of Kingmaker, an electrifying re-examination of one of the twentieth century's greatest unsung power players.When Pamela Churchill …

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Darren Freebury-Jones on Shakespeare

Monday 28th October, 7pm

Join us for an evening celebrating one of the greatest writers of all time as we discover why there is still so much to learn about …

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John Lewis-Stempel for England: A Natural History

Wednesday 6th November, 7pm

Our countryside is iconic: a series of distinctive habitats that unite to create a landscape that is unique for the rich diversity of our flora and …

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