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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.


William Keeling

Sunday 21st August, 10.30am

William Keeling is a former foreign correspondent of the Financial Times, best known for exposing a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal in Nigeria that led to his summary …

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Literary Walks

Sunday 28th August, 10am

Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott are the founders of Akeman Press and the leading historians on the city of Bath. Few cities have been so celebrated …

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Robert Harris

Tuesday 30th August, 7.30pm

Robert Harris is the author of fourteen bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy – Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, …

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Victoria Adukwei Bulley for Quiet

Wednesday 31st August, 7.30pm

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist. An alumna of the Barbican Young Poets and recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, Victora has held …

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Tsitsi Dangarembga

Thursday 1st September, 7.30pm

Tsitsi Dangarembga is the internationally acclaimed author of three novels: Nervous Conditions, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; This Mournable Body, shortlisted for the Booker Prize …

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Olia Hercules

Tuesday 6th September, 7.30pm

One of our favourite story-telling food writers returns to the bookshop to introduce and cook from her new book, Home Food: Recipes to Comfort and Connect. …

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Claire Thomson

Thursday 8th September, 7.30pm

Join us for an evening of celebratory tomato drinks and tasters. Vibrant and bursting with flavour, where would we be without the tomato? From South America, …

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Ian McEwan

Sunday 11th September, 5pm

Ian McEwan is recognised by many to be one of the finest writers alive today, and has been described by the Sunday Times as the “supreme …

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Henry Marsh

Monday 12th September, 7.30pm

Henry Marsh is a retired neurosurgeon and the bestselling author of Do No Harm and Admissions. Both books were Sunday Times No. 1 bestsellers, and have …

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Natalie Haynes

Tuesday 13th September, 7.30pm

Natalie Haynes, the Women’s Prize-shortlisted author of A Thousand Ships and Pandora’s Jar, joins us to discuss her new novel Stone Blind, which brings the infamous …

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Chris Patten

Tuesday 13th September, 7.30pm

Once described by the Observer as Chris Patten ‘the best Tory Prime Minister we never had,’ Patten is currently Chancellor of Oxford University.When MP for Bath …

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Kit de Waal

Wednesday 14th September, 7.30pm

Kit de Waal is the author of the novels MY NAME IS LEON, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Kerry …

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Gaia Vince

Thursday 15th September, 7.30pm

Gaia Vince is one of the most respected environmental commentators of our age. In 2015, she became the first woman to win the Royal Society Science …

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Pragya Agarwal

Friday 16th September, 7.30pm

Dr Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist. She has held a number of senior academic positions in US and UK Universities for over 15 …

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Transatlantic Poetry

Monday 19th September, 7.30pm

Join us for evening in the bookshop celebrating brilliant contemporary poetry from four acclaimed poets: Carrie Etter, Elena Karina Byrne, Lois P. Jones, and Lia Brooks. …

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Ben Macintyre

Monday 19th September, 7.30pm

Ben Macintyre is the bestselling historian and author of books such as Agent Sonya, The Spy and the Traitor, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy …

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Slightly Foxed

Tuesday 20th September, 6.30pm

A Slightly Foxed Celebration We are delighted to host the launch party for the Autumn Issue of the beloved Slightly Foxed literary quarterly here in the …

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Tom Kerridge

Wednesday 21st September, 7.30pm

One of our best loved, down-to-earth, high profile chefs Tom Kerridge is back in Bath this evening with a brand new book, Real Life Recipes. From …

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Raynor Winn

Thursday 22nd September, 7.30pm

Raynor Winn’s first book, The Salt Path, detailed her and her husband Moth’s experience of walking the South West Coastal Path following Moth’s traumatic medical diagnosis …

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Moro Easy

Thursday 22nd September, 7.30pm

Moro on London’s Exmouth Market is the trailblazing and highly acclaimed home of Moorish cuisine and bold, flavourful cooking using few ingredients, perfectly combined. It is …

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Maggie O'Farrell

Friday 23rd September, 7.30pm

Maggie O’Farrell is the author of Hamnet, Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020, and the memoir I Am I Am I Am, both Sunday …

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Jeremy Lee

Monday 26th September, 7.30pm

One of the most distinctive voices in the British Food world, Jeremy Lee’s writing is lyrical, witty and insightful. A memory, tip or musing is never …

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Orhan Pamuk

Monday 26th September, 7.30pm

Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk joins us in Bath to celebrate and discuss his new novel, Nights of Plague. Pamuk will be interviewed by the legendary …

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Celebration of Queer Poetry

Tuesday 27th September, 7.30pm

Mary Jean Chan is the author of Fleche, which won the 2019 Costa Poetry Award and was shortlisted in 2020 for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, …

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John Boyne

Wednesday 28th September, 7.30pm

John Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for …

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Oz Clarke

Thursday 29th September, 7.30pm

Join us for a special evening of English Wine tasting in the bookshop with the indomitable Oz Clarke – a long time champion of English Wines …

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Sali Hughes

Friday 30th September, 7.30pm

Sali Hughes is a leading journalist, presenter and broadcaster. A former magazine editor, she is currently the beauty editor for the Guardian.Sali joins us in the …

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Marina Hyde

Monday 3rd October, 7.30pm

Marina Hyde has worked at the Guardian since 2000, where her weekly columns have won her a reputation as one of the most admired journalists in …

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Africana Food

Tuesday 4th October, 7.30pm

Africana is a celebration of modern African cookery, a love letter to a rich heritage and an enduring people. Combining recipes passed down the generations with …

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4 Brown Girls Who Write

Wednesday 5th October, 7.30pm

4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE are a poetry collective and sisterhood made up of Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sheena Patel and Sunnah Khan. The collective was …

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William Boyd

Thursday 6th October, 7.30pm

William Boyd, one of Britain’s best-loved writers, visits us in Bath this Autumn to talk about his new novel The Romantic, an intimate yet panoramic story …

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Julie Jones

Thursday 6th October, 7.30pm

Julie Jones, the wonderfully inspiring pastry chef, food stylist, influencer and author of the beautiful baking books, Soulful Baker and The Pastry School. Renowned for her …

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Alexander McCall Smith

Monday 10th October, 7.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. …

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David Dimbleby for Keep Talking

Tuesday 11th October, 7.30pm

David Dimbleby was chairman of BBC Question Time for 25 years. He has anchored election programmes and many other political programmes, and has been both a …

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Dave Broom

Friday 14th October, 7.30pm

This evening the impressive and charismatic Dave Broom leads us through a very special tasting of Scotland’s whiskies to celebrate his new book, A Sense of …

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Melvyn Bragg for Back In The Day

Monday 17th October, 7pm

Melvyn Bragg joins us for an evening at Christ Church for his first ever memoir – an elegiac, intimate account of growing up in post-war Cumbria, …

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Taylor Jenkins Reid

Tuesday 18th October, 7.30pm

We are delighted to announce the literary sensation Taylor Jenkins Reid will join us once more in Bath for an evening discussing and celebrating her new …

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Colin Thubron

Tuesday 18th October, 7.30pm

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, considered by many to be one of the greatest travel writers alive today. His first writing was …

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Max Hastings

Wednesday 19th October, 7.30pm

On the week of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, the brilliant historian and journalist Max Hastings joins us to discuss his new book …

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Kate Young & Ella Risbridger

Thursday 20th October, 7.30pm

An evening of literary parties and poetry with literary friends and authors, Kate Young and Ella Risbridger.Join us for a talk, signing and festive party food …

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Katy Hessel for The Story of Art Without Men

Friday 21st October, 7.30pm

Katy Hessel is an art historian, broadcaster and curator whose work is dedicated to celebrating women artists from all over the world.In 2015, Katy founded an …

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Giuseppe Dell'Anno

Friday 28th October, 7.30pm

Giuseppe Dell’Anno won hearts the world over when he was crowned winner of the Great British Bake Off 2021. This evening he will treat us to …

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Christopher de Hamel in Bath

Monday 31st October, 7.30pm

In the course of a long career at Sotheby's and at Cambridge University, Christopher de Hamel has probably seen and catalogued more medieval manuscripts than anyone …

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Shaun Bythell

Tuesday 1st November, 7.30pm

Shaun Bythell has run The Bookshop in Wigtown since 2001. His internationally bestselling books The Diary of a Bookseller, Confessions of a Bookseller and Seven Kinds …

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Derek Owusu

Wednesday 2nd November, 7.30pm

Derek Owusu is the author of the phenomenal That Reminds Me, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2019. He is part of the multi-award winning …

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Angela Harding

Monday 7th November, 7.30pm

Angela Harding trained in Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic and went on to specialise in printmaking at Nottingham Trent University. She now lives in the small …

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Malorie Blackman

Wednesday 9th November, 7.30pm

For over thirty years Malorie Blackman’s books have shaped British literature and inspired a generation of readers and writers – including many of our own booksellers!Now, …

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Wednesday 9th November, 7.30pm

Cookery Demo, Talk and Tastings.Tava is the second book from the author of Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania - a stunning collection cake, bake …

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Simon Sebag Montefiore on The World

Thursday 10th November, 7.30pm

Simon Sebag Montefiore is the internationally bestselling author of prize-winning books such as Catherine The Great & Potemkin, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Young Stalin, …

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Poet Yomi Sode

Friday 11th November, 7.30pm

Yomi Sode is an award-winning Nigerian British writer. He is a recipient of the 2019 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Brunel International …

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Guy Shrubsole

Thursday 17th November, 7.30pm

Guy Shrubsole, formerly a campaigner and an investigator for Friends of the Earth, has written widely for publications including the Guardian and New Statesman. His previous …

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Robin Ince

Monday 28th November, 7.30pm

Robin Ince is co-presenter of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show and podcast, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He has toured his award-winning stand-up across the world, …

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Anthony Anaxagorou

Wednesday 30th November, 7.30pm

What does it mean to have heritage, and how do we perform or undo it? In these daring and sonorous poems, Anaxagorou conducts a researched unpacking …

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