Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Stay in Bath for the Bath Literature Festival 

From February 27th to March 8th Bath is playing host once again to its famous literature festival. 2015 is going to be the twentieth year that the festival has been held so it’s really pushing the boat out with some fantastic events and big name authors lined up in its jam packed programme. If you haven’t been to Bath before and you like to get lost in a good book then there really is no better to come for a stay in Bath. Here are just a few of the events coming up that we’re looking forward to. 

Throughout the week there will be literary walks on a variety of themes from Bath’s architecture to its lost pubs and inns to old ghost stories. Even for life-long residents it’ll be an eye opening experience - a chance to look beneath the surface and see the Bath that time forgot. If you’re totally new to Bath then it’s also a great way to be introduced to the city.

Over the ten days that the festival is on for some of the most well known faces of stage and screen will be travelling to Bath to discuss their latest projects. Among them are Mary Portas - talking about defying stereotypes and personal challenges, and Celia Imrie, star of Calendar Girls and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, who has taken a step away from acting and just released her debut novel.

As well as plenty of readings and pop up poetry events there are also a huge range of lectures and debates scheduled for the festival. Everything from explorations of historical figures such as Thomas Cromwell and Napoleon, to advice on writing and self publishing, to political discussions examining the role of the Kremlin and how Feminism is adapting to the digital age. 

This is before we even mention just some of the famous writers who will be coming to share their latest work and give sneak previews of their newest creations are Tessa Dunlop (The Bletchley Girls), Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go), David Nicholls (One Day), Kate Mosse (The Taxidermist’s Daughter) and Emma Hooper (Etta and Otto and Russell and James).

Other events on the list include writing workshops, pop up art installations and theatre performances (one event that sells out year on year is the brilliant Austentacious - a treat not too be missed). The festival really has outdone itself this year in providing something, generally multiple somethings, for everyone. 

We can’t recommend enough a stay in Bath while the festival is on and we at Dukes look forward to being able to offer you the warmest of welcomes to our luxury guesthouse for excellent nights of sleep and delicious, freshly made and locally-sourced breakfasts to look forward to in the morning. We hope to see you soon!

If you’d like to see the full Bath Literature Festival Programme please click here.

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