Bath Events and Reading Groups

The bookshop in this beautiful and celebrated Georgian city is itself able to host occasions from reading groups and literary salons to large gatherings. Bath also offers a panoply of other wonderful venues in which we hold Britain's largest all year round literary festival, culminating every year with the Bath Autumn Book Festival, when the stars of the literary world come to Bath - truly a festival for readers.

Cleverlands: Education Around the World

Tuesday 21st February, 8pm

As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy Crehan became exasperated with ever-changing government policy, which claimed to be based on lessons from ‘top-performing’ education systems. She became curious about what was really going on in classrooms of countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, maths and science. Determined to dig deeper, […] See more »

Novelist Amor Towles

Thursday 23rd February, 8pm

With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted. A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. […] See more »

Japan Now: Novelist Hiromi Kawakami

Tuesday 28th February, 8pm

Hiromi Kawakami’s strange and subtle fictional worlds have made a huge impact on UK readers, and she reads and discusses her work at this event marking publication of her collection of stories Record Of A Night Too Brief. Best known for Strange Weather In Tokyo, Kawakami has won awards and captivated readers across the world. She will take […] See more »

Valentina Harris

Wednesday 8th March, 8pm

We’re so happy to welcome to the bookshop one of our most authoritative and inspirational Italian food writers and teachers. Valentina Harris – a descendent of the Renaissance family Sforzais – is a tremendous raconteur and passionate about sharing her food philosophy, techniques and stories. Risotto! Risotto! is her beautiful, revamped masterpiece on one of […] See more »

Back to School with The Institute for Education

Thursday 9th March, 8pm

We are very excited to announce this special event to launch our commemorative book celebrating Newton Park’s 70 year history in training outstanding teachers. ‘Back to School’ is an inspiring journey through the history of teacher training at Bath Spa, featuring new interviews with teacher training alumni from the last seven decades and their stories. […] See more »

March Fiction Reading Group

Monday 13th March, 8pm

For the March Fiction Reading Group I’ve chosen one of my favourite novels from last year. Originally published in Turkey in the 1940’s, Madonna in a Fur Coat, made little to no impact on its initial release. However, over the decades it continued to be passed from friend to friend, and has since become Turkey’s most […] See more »

David Crystal

Wednesday 15th March, 8pm

Grammar is in the news again, involving new generations of children, teachers, and parents. People continue to argue about what’s right and wrong, and try to get to grips with the complexities. But why is grammar thought to be so difficult? How do children learn it so easily? Is there a way of making its […] See more »

Spanish Food Talk and Tastings with Omar Allibhoy

Friday 17th March, 8pm

Spanish food can be incredibly easy to make at home. In Spanish Made Simple, Omar Allibhoy, the chef behind the Tapas Revolution restaurants, guides you through the basics of 100 key Spanish dishes. All the ingredients are available from supermarkets and you don’t need to be an expert cook. Spanish cooking is characterised by deep […] See more »

Sarah Hilary

Thursday 23rd March, 8pm

Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, returns with a new and compelling DI Marnie Rome novel, Quieter Than Killing. A series of assaults, a missing child, a ransacked home… seemingly unconnected, but are they? This is another gripping, and psychologically thrilling novel from a major crime writing talent. See more »

NEW DATE: Bettany Hughes

Monday 27th March, 8pm

NEW DATE: Due to a clash in Bettany’s schedule this event is now taking place on Monday 27th March. If you bought tickets for this event before the revised date we will be in contact very shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience. Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where […] See more »

Poetry on the Paragon with Jacob Polley

Saturday 1st April, 8pm

Four years after Jacob’s last collection- The Havocs – Jackself sees Jacob at the height of his powers. In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of fictionalized autobiography through nursery rhymes, riddles and cautionary tales, and through the many ‘Jacks’ of our folktale, […] See more »

Thomasina Miers Talk, Demo and Tastings

Tuesday 4th April, 8pm

Thomasina Miers’ excellent Guardian ‘weekend cook’ column has captured our culinary imaginations with its nourishing, hugely flavoursome dishes that don’t cost the earth and are fuss-free.  She is a former masterchef winner, the author of many excellent cookery books (Mexican Food Made Simple, Chilli Notes) and the founder of the exciting Wahaca Mexican restaurant group. […] See more »

Nathan Outlaw Demo and Talk

Monday 15th May, 8pm

Outlaw is one of the most exhilarating chefs in Britain today with two Michelin stars for Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Rock, Cornwall. He is famed for sensational modern British Seafood cookery in his fabulous restaurants in Cornwall, London and Dubai. This evening will be a real treat as he cooks some tastes from his gorgeous […] See more »