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11-27 MAY 2018 Anniversary Year


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PARTNERS & SPONSORS C R E AT I V E PARTNE R

S T R AT E G I C PA R T N E R S

SUPPORTED BY

O F F I C I A L H O T E L PA R T N E R S

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SUPPORTERS

ANNIVERSARY FUND

Captain Brian Woodford The Roper Family Charitable Trust The Stephen Clark 1957 Charitable Trust Annett Trust Idlewild Trust

The Coles-Medlock Foundation Lord and Lady Strasburger David and Karin Embleton An Anonymous Donor


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Extending to 17 days, across some of the city’s most beautiful venues and outside spaces, we bring more than 180 live events to the heart of Bath and the surrounding community. The opening night kicks off with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Choir of Clare College, Cambridge at the Wiltshire Music Centre. At the Forum, Amanda Palmer performs her unique brand of punk cabaret. Inspirational speakers and writers include Chris Bonington, Andrew Adonis, Maggie O’ Farrell, Margaret Drabble, David Olusoga, Rose Tremain, Kate Mosse and Robert Webb. Musical highlights range from Ben Folds, Kathryn Tickell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Mary Chapin Carpenter to Stephen Hough, Roderick Williams and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. We bring you emerging stars with 2016 BBC Young Musician of the year Sheku Kanneh-Mason and 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Catriona Morrison. Throughout the festival, the city will be alive with performance. Spira Mirabilis, an electrifying ensemble from Italy, give an unforgettable alfresco performance of Beethoven 7. Party in the City is Bath’s biggest night of free music and takes place on Friday 18 May. We launch SparkFest in partnership with Bath Spa University – an innovative programme of theatre, music and dance, curated and created by the stars of tomorrow.

We go to Twerton Park, the home of Bath City FC, for a day of football fun for all the family; team with FilmBath to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage with film, literature, politics, music and comedy; and take over the Masonic Hall for a night of Living Literature that will immerse you in the world of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a dazzling multisensory evening. We close with a party on the Rec, headlined by Bath legends Tears for Fears, plus big names like Robert Plant, Imelda May, Alison Moyet, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Midge Ure and Seth Lakeman . At the heart of our festival are amazing partnerships. We would like to thank Bath Spa University, Visit Bath, Bath BID, Wiltshire Music Centre and the teachers, project leaders and children who work with us. The importance of our growing number of patrons, members and volunteers is also huge and so valued.

THE BATH FESTIVAL 2018

A BIGGER AND MORE DIVERSE FESTIVAL FOR OUR 70TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

None of this would be possible without our three outstanding artistic directors, Alex Clark (Words and Literature), David Jones (Jazz, Folk and World) and James Waters (Classical). But we see you the audience as our most vital partner. Your attendance, support, participation and response to our events keeps us striving to improve, engage and entertain. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at the festival.

John Cullum DL Chair, Bath Festivals

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AN EVENING WITH AMANDA PALMER Support by occult comedian Andrew O’Neill 7.30pm Forum A1 £25 / £20 / £15 (£14) Singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn) headlines the opening night of The Bath Festival with her unique brand of punk cabaret. ‘In a music industry short of original thinkers, Amanda Palmer is the real deal.’

**** THE GUARDIAN

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ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT / CHOIR OF CLARE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE 7.30pm-9.45pm Wiltshire Music Centre ER1 £39 (£19.50 U18s or students) Haydn: Symphony No 1 Haydn: Symphony No 104 ‘London’ Haydn: Nelson Mass Haydn’s Symphony 104 was a smash hit at its London premiere in 1795, confirming the composer’s status as ‘father of the symphony’. The world-renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Alumni Choir of Clare College Cambridge present a sparkling celebration of Haydn’s best-loved works.

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ANDREW ADONIS 11am-12.30pm Forum B2 £15 (£14)

Andrew Adonis hit the headlines at the beginning of 2017 over his furious criticism of Brexit and the inadequacy of the government’s response to it. His views on transport policy and university pay have also made waves. In a keynote address, Lord Adonis talks about why he spoke out and his hopes for Britain’s future.

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SATURDAY 12 MAY

SATURDAY 12 MAY

SUSIE ORBACH

STUART KELLY

11am-12pm St Michael’s Without B1 £9 (£8) In her Radio 4 series In Therapy, psychotherapist and author Susie Orbach (Fat is a Feminist Issue) uncovered the usually secret process of therapy through dramatised case studies. Here she explores why increasingly large numbers of people seek therapy and what lies beneath the exchanges between analyst and client.

11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal B3 £9 (£8) When a convicted murderer applied to be a minister in the Scottish Church, it divided the institution and challenged its most basic beliefs and obligations. In conversation with Theos Think Tank director Elizabeth Oldfield, writer and critic Stuart Kelly (The Minister and The Murderer) will explore his book’s themes of truth, faith and forgiveness. ‘Fascinating’

BLAKE MORRISON, THE GUARDIAN


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TWERTON PARK

SATURDAY 12 MAY

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All Day Twerton Park

Join us for a football lover’s dream, as the festival packs its kit bag and plays away at Twerton Park, home of Bath City Football Club. The beautiful game will be on everyone’s lips this year, as Russia hosts the 21st FIFA World Cup. Closer to home, Bath City FC recently made its loyal supporters the majority owners of the club. To celebrate, Bath Festivals and Bath City present a day of football chat, exclusive events and family-friendly activities, action and fun for adults and children alike at our footie festival in a day. Hosted by TalkSport’s Danny Kelly, highlights include: · In-depth interviews with football professionals, past and present · An FA Cup Final and World Cup preview · A debate about the future of the game from transfer fees to VAR · A celebrity panel quiz · Film and TV screenings · Competitions and family activities · Street food, drinks and live music

TICKETS ARE LIMITED To register your interest please call Bath Box Office on 01225 463362 or email bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk

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MAGGIE O’FARRELL – CHANGE MAKER 2.30pm-3.30pm St. Michael’s Without ER3 £10 (£9)

The bestselling novelist Maggie O’Farrell has had 17 brushes with death via illness, violence and accident and has survived them all; she is also mother to a daughter with a life-threatening condition. She talks about our attitudes to death and her profound book, I Am, I Am, I Am, in a very special event.

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SATURDAY 12 MAY

SINCLAIR MCKAY

EUROPEAN WRITERS’ TOUR

1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal ER20 £10 (£9) When recruiting their top codebreakers, Bletchley Park put mathematicians, musicians, chess masters and linguists through their paces with mind-twisting puzzles. Sinclair McKay (The Secret Life of Bletchley Park) will share the ingenious riddles and astonishing stories from the centre of WW2 intelligence.

3pm-4pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal B7 £9 (£8) Fresh from the annual European Literature Night at the British Library, we welcome a panel of inspiring European writers to Bath. Discover the best of contemporary European writing as the literary talent from across the channel share their work and discuss what it means to be a writer in Europe today.

In partnership with the British Library and EUNIC European Writers' Tour’


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SATURDAY 12 MAY

SATURDAY 12 MAY

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO 8pm Forum ER5 £38.50 / £27.50 / £16.50 (Concessions available see pg. 69)

Hailed as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’ by Nelson Mandela and gaining global acclaim for their collaboration with Paul Simon on his award-winning album Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have been singing powerful, uplifting songs that give voice to the struggles and passion of South Africa for fifty years. The five time Grammy Award-winning group give joyously energetic performances, combining traditional South African music with gospel and tightly-choreographed dance moves.

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ELIZABETH DAY AND AMANDA CRAIG SATURDAY 12 MAY

ADAM KAY 7pm-8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal ER4 £10 (£9)

Before he became a writer and performer on programmes including Mitchell and Webb and The Now Show, Adam Kay was a junior doctor, living a life of 97-hour weeks and life or death decisions. We’re delighted to welcome his music and comedy show, based on his bestselling book This is Going to Hurt.

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2017 Book of the Year in the ‘Books are My Bag’ awards, as voted by the public.

5pm-6pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal B8 £9 (£8) Elizabeth Day (The Party) and Amanda Craig (The Lie of the Land) explore class, relationships, belonging and identity in today’s society. Leading on from themes found in their latest novels, the acclaimed authors will discuss modern Britain and the role of social satire in their writing.

WHOOSH! SATURDAY 12 MAY

SUNDAY 13 MAY

11.30am-12.15pm 12pm-12.45pm The Egg The Edge B5 C3 3-3.45pm 2.30-3.15pm B6 C7 £9 Age 1-4 £9 Age 1-4 Imagine a stage filled with music, where the tiniest breeze becomes a beautiful note...Whoosh! is a multisensory show that introduces little ears to the power of music. Created by Dutch theatre makers Muziekvoorstelling and Festival 2’s Turven Hoog, this unique family theatre experience is a fun-packed feast for your eyes and ears. In collaboration with the egg and the Edge.

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SUNDAY 13 MAY

GOULD PIANO TRIO 1

GOULD PIANO TRIO II

7.30pm-9.30pm St Michael’s Without B10 £20 (£19) Haydn Piano Trio in A major Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Schubert Piano Trio in Bb major Shostakovich’s brutal and poignant second piano trio is inspired by the horror of the Holocaust and the death of a close friend. Schubert’s B flat trio has one of the most beautiful slow movements ever written and Haydn’s flowing piece was composed at the height of his powers.

3pm-5pm St Michael’s Without C8 £20 (£19) Shostakovich Piano Trio No 1 in C minor Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Schubert Piano Trio in Eb major, D.929 Shostakovich’s romantic early piano trio is followed by a wonderfully rich mature work by Mendelssohn which treats all three players as virtuosi. Schubert’s E flat trio is one of the best-loved of all chamber works with beautiful melodies and haunting moods.

‘a combination of jeweler-like precision and a musical fire that ignites from the first bar’

WASHINGTON POST

SATURDAY 12 – SUNDAY 13 MAY

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SUNDAY 13 MAY

MARCUS DU SAUTOY 11am-12pm Komedia C2 £9 (£8)

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it... Not falling in love, but counting. Despite that, contemplating infinity has sent even the greatest minds into a spin for millennia. In his book How To Count To Infinity, mathematician and author Marcus du Sautoy teaches you to do just that, and more.

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JUDY MURRAY 1pm-2pm Komedia C5 £10 (£9)

From tragedy in Dunblane to triumph on the court, Judy Murray’s memoir Knowing The Score is a story of belief in the face of adversity. Focussing on her role as mother and coach to her sons Jamie and Andy, Judy will give an insight into the ups and downs of parenting a child with big dreams.

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SUNDAY 13 MAY

SUNDAY 13 MAY

THE TLS AND THE BATH FESTIVAL PRESENT: JANE AUSTEN RATED

LUNCH WITH DIANA HENRY

11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal C1 £9 (£8) Do the subtle charms of Persuasion outrank the dazzling wit of Pride and Prejudice? Has Mansfield Park ever got the attention it deserves? Is Emma Woodhouse the most fully realised heroine in Jane Austen’s canon? Join the Times Literary Supplement’s Michael Caines and special guests in this tribute to a beloved writer.

12.30pm-2pm Allium Brasserie Bath C4 £30 (incl. 4 taster dishes) From an afternoon at the Brittany seaside to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul, food has the power to take you places. Diana Henry (How To Eat a Peach) hosts a multisensory adventure that is a must for foodies. Sample delicious taster dishes from a specially designed menu and prepare to be transported. 'I couldn't love anyone who didn't love this book.'

NIGELLA LAWSON


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SUNDAY 13 MAY

SUNDAY 13 MAY

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KIT DE WAAL AND JOANNA CANNON

LYNDALL GORDON

1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal ER21 £9 (£8) In Kit de Waal’s The Trick to Time and Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, two women must sift through their memories in order to make peace with the past and get to grips with their present. The acclaimed authors will discuss themes of humanity, memory and the threads that tie us to one another.

In Partnership with

5pm-6pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal C10 £9 (£8) What do Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf have in common? Brave, visionary and shunned by polite society, each author became an ‘outlaw’ to claim her own voice. In Outsiders, Lyndall Gordon writes with ‘passionate intelligence’ (Guardian) about their courage and influence.

SUNDAY 13 MAY

THE SCENE OF THE CRIME 3pm-4pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal C9 £9 (£8)

What can the world’s most infamous murders tell us about England’s troubled past? In this panel discussion, crime writers Sinclair McKay (The Mile End Murder) and Eva Dolan (Long Way Home) uncover clues in the pages of Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and others that reveal a country in turmoil. 'A fascinating book, by turns riveting and unsettling, and wonderfully rich in period detail.'

MAIL ON SUNDAY OF THE MILE END MURDER

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LIBBY JACKSON

SUNDAY 13 MAY

HOUSE OF WATERS 8pm Komedia C12 £18 (£17)

House of Waters are a Brooklyn-based trio with a global sound. Drawing inspiration from African, Indian, Irish and South American traditions, the band of master musicians are constantly innovating and redefining genres. Having performed on stage with Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, KODO, Dave Eggar and many more, we are delighted to welcome them to Bath for this intimate performance. ‘The most original band on the planet.’

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NY MUSIC DAILY.

7pm-8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal C11 £9 (£8)

From small steps to giant leaps, Libby Jackson’s book A Galaxy of Her Own tells 50 stories of women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space. Libby, who also works at the UK Space Agency, will celebrate the pioneers who have inspired her and champion some unsung heroes.


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MONDAY 14 MAY

TUESDAY 14 MAY

BOOK CLUB As we get ready for our 70th anniversary festival, join in the excitement and become part of our Festival Book Club! Our first two choices are Amanda Craig’s state of the nation novel The Lie of the Land (see p. 10) and Mary Shelley’s classic gothic tale Frankenstein (see p.53). Three further titles, inspired by our festival programme, will be announced on our Twitter page (@bathfestivals) over the coming months. Look out for Festival Book Club podcasts and competitions!

KILLER WOMEN PRESENTS: THE CHANGING CRIMESCAPE 6pm-7pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal D3 £9 (£8) How do crime fiction writers respond to the ways crime itself is changing? Killer Women Melanie McGrath (Give Me the Child) and Sarah Hilary (Come and Find Me), and fellow award-winning crime writers Winnie Li (A Dark Chapter) and Leye Adenle (Easy Motion Tourist) take on cybercrime, globalisation, a criminal justice system under pressure, the rise of hate crimes and the #MeToo movement. Expect strong views and some fiery debate!

In Partnership with

MONDAY 14 MAY

NATASHA PULLEY AND NED BEAUMAN 8pm-9pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal D4 £9 (£8)

In her historical novel The Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley takes us on a quest to the mystical forests of South America. She talks to Man Booker-longlisted Ned Beauman, whose latest book Madness is Better Than Defeat tells the ‘laugh-out-loud funny’ (Irish Times) story of a farcical expedition to the jungles of Honduras.

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COFFEE AND CAKES WITH HAYDN Roman Rabinovich piano

● £17.50 (incl. Coffee & Cake) In this unique concert series, Roman Rabinovich performs all of Haydn’s sparkling piano sonatas over 10 concerts, throughout the festival. All concerts in St Michael’s Without . Relax, unwind and experience virtuoso performances with delicious coffee and tempting cakes.

TUESDAY 15 MAY 11am-12.30pm F1 • Sonata No 6 in G major • Sonata No 37 in D major • Sonata No 12 in A major • Sonata No 43 in A flat major • Sonata No 48 in C major

Roman Rabinovich is one of today’s most exciting pianists and performs regularly at venues such as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and the Wigmore Hall in London as well as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York.

THURSDAY 17 MAY 11am-12.30pm H1 • Sonata No 45 in E flat major • Sonata No 44 in G minor • Sonata No 39 in G major • Sonata No 32 in B minor

MONDAY 14 MAY 11am-12.30pm D2 • Sonata No 2 in B flat major • Sonata No 31 in E major • Sonata No 10 in C major • Sonata No 20 in C minor

FRIDAY 18 MAY 2.30pm-4pm J1 • Sonata No 35 in C major • Sonata No 51 in D major • Sonata No 26 in A major • Sonata No 8 in G major • Sonata No 28 in E flat major

SATURDAY 19 MAY 11am-12.30pm K1 • Sonata No 16 in E flat major • Sonata No 29 in F major • Sonata No 26 in C sharp minor • Sonata No 21 in C major

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 11am-12.30pm O12 • Sonata No 24 in D major • Sonata No 18 in B flat major • Sonata No 38 in E flat major • Piano Variations in F minor

MONDAY 21 MAY 11am-12.30pm M1 • Sonata No 19 in D major • Sonata No 33 in D major • Sonata No 47 in E minor • Sonata No 40 in G major

THURSDAY 24 MAY 11am-12.30pm P2 • Sonata No 46 in A flat major • Sonata No 27 in G major • Sonata No 25 in E flat major • Sonata No 50 in C major

TUESDAY 22 MAY 11am-12.30pm N1 • Sonata No 23 in F major • Sonata No 34 in E minor • Sonata No 41 in B flat major • Sonata No 49 in E flat major

SATURDAY 26 MAY 11am-12.30pm R4 • Sonata No 22 in E major • Sonata No 42 in D major • Sonata No 30 in A major • Sonata No 52 in E flat major

‘Admirable performances of the Haydn sonatas, performed with a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity’ NEW YORK TIMES


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MONDAY 14 MAY

MONDAY 14 MAY

SPIRA MIRABILIS PLAY BEETHOVEN 7 8-10pm Assembly Rooms XX £30 (£29)

MONDAY 14 MAY

SPIRA MIRABILIS PLAY BEETHOVEN 7

‘I have seen the future of orchestral music. And boy is it good!’

‘I have seen the future of orchestral music. And boy is it good!’ TOM SERVICE, THE GUARDIAN

Thus wrote Tom Service in the Guardian about Spira Mirabilis. Some of the very finest musicians in Europe come together as a true musical cooperative to work without a conductor on a masterpiece. Here they perform one of the best loved of all symphonies.They also talk to the audience in depth and take questions to explain how this remarkable group of virtuosi came into being and how their unique approach creates scintillating performances. perform staggering masterpieces without A concert like no other! came into being and how their unique approach a conductor. creates scintillating performances.

Somewhere between an orchestra and a musical cooperative, Spira Mirabilis are comprised of some of the finest musicians in Europe, who

‘one of the most glorious Beethoven interpretations Here, they perform one of the world’s best-lovedthe magic’ words don’t encompass I have ever heardÁ. words don’t encompass the magic’ TIMES and most iconic of symphonies. They will also TIMES discuss how this remarkable group of virtuosi

8pm-9.30pm Assembly Rooms D5 £30 (£29)

Beethoven Spira Mirabilis

Symphony No 7 in A

‘one of the most glorious Beethoven interpretations I have ever heardÁ.

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MARIAN CONSORT - MISERERE 7.30pm-9.30pm Bath Abbey F5 £33 / £25 / £15

Allegri Victoria James MacMillan Palestrina Victoria Gabriel Jackson

Miserere Super flumina Babylonis Miserere Stabat Mater Agnus Dei from Missa Quarti Toni Stabat Mater

Marian Consort Rory McCleery

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Allegri’s Miserere is one of the most popular pieces of choral music ever written. Here it is combined with beautiful contemporary choral music by James MacMillan and Gabriel Jackson and sensational polyphony by Palestrina and Victoria. Set in the breathtaking Bath Abbey, this will be an unforgettable experience.

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‘sublime – sung with impeccable polish and blend’

SUNDAY TIMES

TUESDAY 15 MAY

TUESDAY 15 MAY

NEW TALENT #1 TRAUMA

APPLES AND SNAKES PRESENT: SPEAK OUT

8pm-9.30pm Waterstones F6 £6 (£5) From the Austrian death camps of the Second World War to modern London, broken apart by rioting, our pick of 2018’s most searing debut novels focus on the experience and the effects of trauma. Join novelists Kim Sherwood, winner of the Bath Novel Award, Guy Gunaratne and Emily Koch to hear more about their journey into writing.

7.30pm-9pm The Egg F4 £7 (£3.50) Come and hear stories that make us who we are, that surprise and challenge us, comfort and uplift us in this brilliant evening of spoken word poetry. Speak Out celebrates LGBTQ+ voices and features a powerful quartet of queer poets, headlined by Joelle Taylor.

In Partnership with

See Brochure page 60 for New Talent # 2

Presented in collaboration with the egg.


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WORKSHOPS

TUESDAY 15 MAY

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

BURNING EYE BOOKS PUBLISHING YOUR POETRY

BRINGING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS TO LIFE

JAMES BALL WRITING ONLINE JOURNALISM

11am-2pm B4 Whether you want to write poetry for the page or the stage, Burning Eye Books editors Bridget Hart and Clive Birnie will demystify the complexities of the poetry world. This session will provide you with a practical guide to progressing your poetry career and will include inspirational case studies and exercises.

11am-2pm F2 As readers, our favourite characters become close friends. But how can we bring characters to life in our own writing? Join novelist and 2016 Bath Novel Award winner Kim Sherwood (Testament) to create and develop your own rounded, believable characters.

11am-2pm O2 Sometimes, it feels like reaching online readers is a dark art: one minute it’s about SEO, the next it’s about social media, quizzes and gifs. Thankfully, James Ball is here to help! Learn how to get commissioned, how to get read and how to survive comment threads and twitterstorms!

SUNDAY 13 MAY

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

SHARON CLARK WRITING FOR THE STAGE

VANESSA KISUULE - WRITING AND PRESENTING PERFORMANCE POETRY 3pm-5pm O7 What’s the real difference between spoken word and page poetry? Would you like to learn the skills to wow a crowd? Join Vanessa Kisuule, fresh from touring her one-woman spoken word show to learn the tricks and guidance on how to write and perform poetry.

MONDAY 14 MAY

1.30pm-4.30pm G1 Playwright and creative director of theatre company Raucous, Sharon Clark, will lead a practical workshop on writing monologue for stage. How can one voice tell the story of many characters? What is that character's relationship with an audience? What are the freedoms and frustrations of writing in this way? An afternoon of playwriting examples, exercises and putting your character in the hotseat..

WRITING CRIME

SUNDAY 20 MAY

11am-2pm D1 Join acclaimed crime writer and Killer Women co-founder Melanie McGrath and learn how to create memorable and believable characters from scratch. Create two characters of your own and discover how to use them in a story scenario. Expect practical exercises and lots of fun.

SCOTT PACK WRITING A KILLER OPENING

PAUL MEYER - WRITING GOOD COPY

1.30pm-3.30pm C6 Paul Meyer has written award-winning advertising copy for some of the world’s most recognisable brands, including General Motors, Reebok and McDonalds. A former Vice President of Leo Burnett Worldwide and now a Creative Writing subject leader, Paul will share his tricks and tips for writing great copy in a creative context.

1.30pm-3.30pm L6 Publishing veteran, Scott Pack, leads a workshop on how to craft a commercial opening to your novel with hints, tips, common sense guidance and a range of exercises to ensure your first ten pages will appeal to agents, publishers and readers alike.

WORKSHOPS

SATURDAY 12 MAY

FRIDAY 25 MAY

XAN BROOKS - WRITING REVIEWS

11am-2pm Q1 While you can publish a review at the click of a mouse, how do you separate yourself from the herd? Reviewer and novelist Xan Brooks explores the basis of good arts criticism, from structure to spoilers, and shows how a fine review can be as artful as the artwork itself. Bath Central Library £30 (£28)

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WEDNESDAY 16 MAY WEDNESDAY 16 MAY

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER WITH SUPPORT FROM EMILY BARKER 7.30pm Forum G3 £36 /£28 / £22 / £15 (Concessions available see pg. 69)

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter will perform favourite music from her acclaimed 30 year career. Mary, who had big hits with ‘Passionate Kisses’ and ‘He Thinks He’ll Keep Her’, has sold 14 million records worldwide and was recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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'Carpenter has spent three decades refining her storytelling art, and it shows' ★★★★☆ GUARDIAN

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY

EXPLORING WHISKY WITH RACHEL MCCORMACK

MAISHA FEATURING NUBYA GARCIA & SHIRLEY TETTEH

8pm-9pm Waterstones ER22 £12 (£11) (incl. whisky tasting) Serving up a heady mix of anecdotes, recipes, history and know-how, Rachel McCormack’s Chasing The Dram puts cooking with whisky firmly back on the menu. Hear about Rachel’s adventures across Scotland with this remarkable ingredient, and try delicious whiskies from top distilleries. Perfect for connoisseurs and novices alike. Over 18s only. ‘If your kitchen isn’t yet home to a bottle of the stuff, McCormack persuasively suggests why it should be. OLIVE MAGAZINE

8pm Komedia G4 £18 (£17) Maisha fuse the spirit of jazz with West African and Afro-beat rhythms to create a unique sound that has been lighting up clubs all over London. Throwing in hints of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, Maisha are raw and electrifying.


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A bold and brave programme of live performance from creative graduates of Bath Spa University. Over two weeks, cutting-edge theatre, music and dance will inhabit the four corners of our beautiful World Heritage City.

SPARKFEST

SPARKFEST SparkFest only asks that you bring your curiosity and a spirit of adventure! Wherever you discover us, be it in the stunning gardens at The American Museum or the underground Cavern at Burdall’s Yard, this programme will ignite your thoughts and ideas through imagination and innovation. SparkFest is the realisation of an exciting and dynamic partnership between Bath Festival and Bath Spa University. Together, we are taking a fresh look at how young talent engages with Bath audiences and the region’s artistic community. To register your interest and be kept up to date please call Bath Box Office on 01225 463362 or email bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk

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RODERICK WILLIAMS SINGS SCHUBERT’S SONG CYCLES £25 (£24) per concert or £60 when you book all three concerts Roderick Williams is a remarkable communicator whose song recitals are richly rewarding experiences. In three concerts he performs Schubert’s three great song cycles with pianist Iain Burnside, in a project which will shed new light on some of the very greatest songs ever composed through stunning performances. FRIDAY 18 MAY

SUNDAY 20 MAY

TUESDAY 22 MAY

RODERICK WILLIAMS SCHUBERT I

RODERICK WILLIAMS SCHUBERT II

RODERICK WILLIAMS SCHUBERT III

1pm-2.30pm Assembly Rooms

3pm-4.30pm Assembly Rooms

3pm-4.30pm Assembly Rooms

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Schubert die schöne Müllerin Roderick Williams baritone Iain Burnside piano

Schubert Winterreise Roderick Williams baritone Iain Burnside piano

Schubert Schwanengesang Roderick Williams baritone Iain Burnside piano

In the first true song cycle ever composed Schubert offers 20 unforgettable songs ranging from rapture to despair taking the singer from intoxicated young love to disillusion and suicide.

Regarded by many as the finest of all song cycles Winterreise offers an extraordinary emotional journey examining the singers state in the aftermath of a broken love affair. It includes some of the greatest songs ever written.

Schwanengesang was Schubert’s last word on song. Fourteen Settings of three poets include the wonderful Ständchen and Atlas. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the artistic director, James Waters.

‘The superlative accompaniment was by Iain Burnside, a wonderful creator of atmospheres’

His rich burnished baritone lovely throughout the evening

Williams perfectly captured the balance between anger and irony, bittersweet recollection and despair, and made every word, every syllable, matter.

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His lightness of keyboard touch, his expertise in balancing Á.are simply matchless

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BEN OKRI 7pm-8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal G2 £9 (£8) In this new anthology, Rise Like Lions, Booker-Prize winning Ben Okri explores the impact political poems have on ideas, vision, protest, change and truth. From rallying cries to lyrics and meditations, these poems have resonated with readers throughout generations and have changed the way we view the world.

THURSDAY 17 MAY

PROFESSOR GREEN

WEDNESDAY 16 - THURSDAY 17 MAY

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY

7.30pm-8.30pm Forum H5 £20 (£19)

Born and raised on a Hackney estate, Professor Green’s music career began with his album Alive Till I’m Dead in 2010 and saw him collaborate with Lily Allen and Example, among others. Having battled anxiety and depression from an early age, he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of mental health issues, becoming a patron of the charity CALM and making a series of thought-provoking documentaries, including Suicide & Me, in which he addresses his father’s suicide. In this exclusive interview, he explores his youth in East London, his stellar career as a musician and his most recent Channel 4 documentary, Working Class White Men.

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THURSDAY 17 MAY

THURSDAY 17 MAY

THURSDAY 17 MAY

THURSDAY 17 MAY

JEAN-EFFLAM BAVOUZET

JIM CRACE

KANSAS SMITTY’S

PIANO RECITAL

8pm-9pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal H7 £9 (£8) The Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead Jim Crace talks about his new novel, The Melody. Set beneath a Mediterranean sun, an aging pianist’s life is changed forever when he is attacked by an unknown creature. This tender novel about music, celebrity and lost love glitters with Crace’s trademark crystalline prose.

7.30pm Komedia H4 £25 (£24) The party’s always jumping at Kansas Smitty’s. The houseband of London’s hottest jazz bar are renowned for creating electric atmospheres on stage. Razor-sharp, masterful and cool as a cucumber, their debut album was included in the Daily Telegraph’s 50 Best Jazz Albums of 2015. ‘the octet’s musicianship was joyful and exuberant as well as precise. Magnificent stuff.’

7.30pm-9pm St Michael’s Without H6 £29 (£28) Debussy Images oubliées Schumann Concerto without Orchestra, Op.14 Debussy 7 Études: Prokofiev Sonata for Piano No.3 Debussy’s Etudes are so challenging that the composer issued ‘a warning to pianists not to take up the musical profession unless they have remarkable hands’. Fortunately for us, no pianist in the world performs this repertoire with more authority than JeanEfflam Bavouzet. The concert is completed by brilliant early Schumann and sparkling Prokofiev.

THURSDAY 17 MAY

GUTS AND GORE 6pm-7pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal H2 £9 (£8)

From gruesome diseases to jaw-dropping operations, the bloody history of medicine has fascinated us for centuries. In this warts-and-all panel discussion, writers Jack Hartnell (Medieval Bodies), Richard Barnett (The Smile Stealers) and James Wood (TV’s Quacks) will explore our obsession with anatomy, medical marvels and the surgeon’s knife.

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FRIDAY 18 MAY

FRIDAY 18 MAY

PHILIP HENSHER AND ANNA-MARIE CROWHURST

THE ORWELL PRIZE DEBATE: GENDER EQUALITY AND POLITICAL WRITING

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms J3 £9 (£8) Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University Philip Hensher, will discuss his latest novel The Friendly Ones – the decadesspanning story of two families and a new nation. He will be joined by Bath Spa University graduate Anna-Marie Crowhurst whose novel The Illumination of Ursula Flight follows an ambitious woman, born under a bad star.

In Partnership with

7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms J5 £9 (£8) How can gender imbalance, systemic in all industries, be properly addressed? In the light of the #MeToo campaign, the publication of BBC’s top earners and the Equality Act gender pay report, panellists Andrew Adonis, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Erica Wagner and former Orwell Prize winner A.T. Williams discuss what should, could and can be done to achieve true and lasting equality.

In Partnership with

FRIDAY 18 MAY

DENISE MINA AND ABIR MUKHERJEE 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms J2 £9 (£8) Abir Mukherjee’s ‘utterly captivating’ (Daily Mail) novel A Rising Man takes us to turbulent Calcutta at the start of the 20th century. Abir will be joined by award-winning author Denise Mina (The End of the Wasp Season, Gods and Beasts) for a conversation about crime fiction and turning to the past for inspiration.

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FRIDAY 18 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

LARS VOGT BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS I

LARS VOGT BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS II

7.30pm-9.45pm Assembly Rooms ER7 £38 / £34 / £28 / £25 (Concessions available see pg. 69)

3.30pm-6pm Assembly Rooms ER8 £38 / £34 / £28 / £25 (Concessions available, see p. 69)

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 in G Royal Northern Sinfonia Lars Vogt piano/director Confusingly, No 2 is Beethoven’s first concerto! Its stylish restraint launches a rich programme where the dark driving energy of the virtuoso C minor concerto is perfectly matched with the breadth, calm and hidden depths of the miraculous G major.

Beethoven Overture Coriolan Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1 in C Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat ‘Emperor’ Royal Northern Sinfonia Lars Vogt piano/director Both these concerti paint on a large canvas. The first has a brilliant, impish finale contrasting beautifully with the grandeur and power of the ‘Emperor’ which even on its own is a striking tour de force for any pianist let alone at the end of a 5 concerto cycle.

‘All the while genial conductor Lars Vogt, on his feet this time rather than at the piano, was crouched like a panther, controlling affairs’.

‘Lars Vogt conducted and performed two Beethoven concertos with ease, unleashing something beautiful and dangerous’

CHRONICLE

GUARDIAN

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PARTY IN THE CITY Friday 18 May from 6pm Various Venues in Bath City Centre

FREE Event Don’t forget to pick up your guide to all the night’s events from Bath Box Office or download the online version from thebathfestival.org.uk (available from early April)

Party in the City kicks off our outdoor weekend on Friday 18 May - the biggest night of free music of the year! Performers appear across 35+ venues, as well as on the city streets and our outdoor stages. Festival [Queen] Square and Parade Gardens will be filled with great live music, local food and drink, and you'll be able to hit one of our festival venues or bars and enjoy the music until the early hours in style.

The night will open with our annual Schools Commission in the Abbey. This year, the magic of the festival has transformed local school children into Festival Spirits. See the children mischievously disrupt and take over a traditional song recital. They will join soprano Elizabeth Karani to become characters from past and future festivals, inspired by material from the festival archives. Working with composer Richard Barnard and artist Edwina Bridgeman, the children will create a brand-new performance and installation piece celebrating 70 years of the festival. On Saturday and Sunday 20th May, our outdoor stage in Brunel Square will feature music and performances for the whole family, including a preview performance of Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story (pg 38). On Saturday, we take inspiration from the Royal Wedding and bring together our community for our very own street party.

On Sunday 13 May, look out for Italian ensemble Spira Mirabilis playing in Old Bond Street and Brunel Square. “Spira mirabilis represent a transformative vision of what a symphony orchestra can beÁThey are a revelationÁ”

THE GUARDIAN Slovakian sibling violinists Vladimir and Anton will provide a thrilling collision of sound, performance and rivalry as they perform in Old Bond Street and Brunel Square on Sunday 27 May. For this final weekend of our 70th Anniversary festival we will also take over the Rec (pg 57) with headline acts Tears for Fears on Saturday 26 May and Robert Plant closing the Festival on Sunday 27 May

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FRIDAY 18 MAY - FESTIVAL ON THE STREETS

SOAK UP THE FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE

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SATURDAY 19 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

FOUR MUMS IN A BOAT

JON McGREGOR

LUCY MANGAN

1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal K3 £10 (£9) A girl missing on the moors; a community rocked to the core. Reservoir 13’s masterful evocation of village life in the wake of tragedy has won Jon McGregor the Costa Novel award, and paved the way for his follow-up project, The Reservoir Tapes. Join him for a very special, interactive event, where those with a smartphone or tablet can become part of the action.

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms ER23 £10 (£9) From Narnia to Judy Blume and Charlotte’s Web, Lucy Mangan’s childhood was coloured by the stories she read. In her witty and nostalgic memoir Bookworm, Lucy revisits her best-loved children’s books, their extraordinary creators, and the many lessons they can still teach us.

3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms K4 £9 (£8) When four working mums from Yorkshire joined the local rowing club, who could have guessed they would cross 3000 miles of Atlantic Ocean and break a world record? Janette, Frances, Helen and Niki share their incredible story of friendship and determination that became a Sunday Times Bestseller with Olympic swimmer and broadcaster Sharron Davies.

SATURDAY 19 MAY

PETER SNOW AND ANN MACMILLAN 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms K2 £9 (£8) Husband and wife team Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan are no strangers to reporting on conflict. Their first co-authored book, War Stories, reveals the untold tales of ordinary people swept up in war. Spanning three centuries and five continents, these stories of love, bravery and terror are brought to life by two of the country’s best-loved journalist authors. 'Highly readableÁ an intimate and varied account of fascinating stories of people at war' HISTORY OF WAR

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SATURDAY 19 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

ROLAND PHILIPPS & HENRY HEMMING

BRETT ANDERSON

MICHAEL SYMMONS ROBERTS

7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms K8 £9 (£8) Donald Mclean was a star diplomat and guarded some of the West’s greatest secrets. He was also a Russian spy whose betrayal and defection reverberated for decades. Drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, Roland Philipps explores the full story with fellow writer Henry Hemming (M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster).

7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms ER24 £10 (£9) Before becoming the frontman of Suede, Brett Anderson was a ‘snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy’, desperate to break away. In his moving and funny book Coal Black Mornings, Brett shares the story of his rise to fame - from seventies suburbia to the devastating loss of his mother. In Partnership with

7pm-8pm Holbourne Museum K9 £9 (£8) Winner of the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, Michael Symmons Roberts has also collaborated on a range of celebrated musical and broadcast work. Join him as he reads from his recent collections, including Mancunia, and discusses the extraordinary breadth of his work across many media and genres.

SATURDAY 19 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

WRITING HISTORY 3pm-4pm St Michael’s Without K5 £9 (£8) From bloodthirsty monarchs and gunpowder plots, to witchcraft and prison breaks, historical fiction can transport us to another time and place. In this fascinating panel discussion, authors Tracy Borman (The King’s Witch), Simon Mayo (Mad Blood Stirring) and Robyn Young (Sons of the Blood) share their experiences of bringing the past to life.

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SATURDAY 19 – SUNDAY 20 MAY

SATURDAY 19 MAY

SUNDAY 20 MAY

THE VISION STRING QUARTET PLAY JAZZ AND POP

VISION STRING QUARTET

9pm-10pm Assembly Rooms K12 £16 (£15) incl. glass of wine

Get ready to samba, swing and sway with one of the most exciting groups to have exploded onto the classical music scene in years. The Vision String Quartet are throwing out all the rules and turning classical convention on its head with their high-energy performances and irresistible style. Having each won top awards from some of Europe’s most prestigious classical music competitions, these four young artists now take their influence from the cool clubs of Berlin. Performing original music and new arrangements of old favourites, this is classical music at its most irrepressible and vibrant. ‘The Vision String Quartet combines the highest musical demands with the appearance of a rock band’

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7.30pm-9.30pm Assembly Rooms L10 £20 (£19)

Haydn String Quartet in G major Op 77 No 1 Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Debussy String Quartet in G minor Three masterpieces performed by one of the most exciting ensembles around. Composed in Dresden and dedicated to ‘the victims of fascism and the war’ the Shostakovich is raw, yet consoling. Debussy’s and Haydn’s Quartets are among their finest works. ‘It does not take much imagination to prophesy a great future for the Vision String Quartet’

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Classical Family Jazz & Folk Literature Music & Words Workshop

FRIDAY 11 MAY

SATURDAY 12 MAY

A1 7.30pm Forum An Evening with Amanda Palmer Page 4

B1 11am-12pm St Michaels Without Susie Orbach Page 6

ER1 7.30pm-9.45pm Wiltshire Music Centre Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Page 5

B2 11am-12.30pm Forum Andrew Adonis Page 6 B3 11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Stuart Kelly Page 6 B4 11am-2pm Bath Central Library Publishing Your Poetry Page 19 B5 11.30am-12.15pm The Egg Whoosh! Page 10

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ER20 1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Sinclair McKay Page 8 A1 All Day The Bath Festival at Twerton Park Page 7

SUNDAY 13 MAY ER3 2.30pm-3.30pm St Michaels Without Change Maker Maggie O'Farrell Page 8

B10 7.30pm-9.30pm St Michael's Without Gould Piano Trio I Page 11

C1 11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal TLS: Jane Austen Rated Page 12

B6 3pm-3.45pm The Egg Whoosh! Page 10

ER5 8pm Forum Ladysmith Black Mambazo Page 9

C2 11am-12pm Komedia Marcus Du Sautoy Page 11

B7 3pm-4pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal European Writers' Tour Page 8 B8 5pm-6pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Amanda Craig and Elizabeth Day Page 10 B9 6.30pm-8pm Temple Street Canteen, Keynsham Matthew Lennox Page 65 ER4 7pm-8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Adam Kay Page 10

C3 12pm-12.45pm The Edge Whoosh! Page 10 C4 12.30pm-2pm Abbey Hotel Allium Brasserie Diana Henry Page 12 ER21 1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Joanna Cannon and Kit de Waal Page 13 C5 1pm-2pm Komedia Judy Murray Page 12 C6 1.30pm-3.30pm Bath Central Library Writing Good Copy Page 19

C7 2.30pm-3.15pm The Edge Whoosh! Page 10 C8 3pm-5pm St Michael's Without Gould Piano Trio II Page 11 C9 3pm-4pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal The Scene of the Crime Page 13 C10 5pm-6pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Lyndall Gordon Page 13 C11 7pm-8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Libby Jackson Page 14 C12 8pm Komedia House of Waters Page 14

MONDAY 14 MAY

TUESDAY 15 MAY

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY

D1 11am-2pm Bath Central Library Writing Crime Page 19

F1 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn II Page 16

G1 1.30pm-4.30pm Bath Central Library Writing for the Stage Page 19

F2 11am-2pm Bath Central Library Bringing Fictional Characters to Life Page 19

G2 7pm-8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Ben Okri Page 23

D2 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn I Page 16 D3 6pm-7pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Killer Women Page 15 D4 8pm-9pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Ned Beauman and Natasha Pulley Page 15 D5 8pm-9.30pm Assembly Rooms Spira Mirabilis Page 17

F3 6.30pm-8pm Victoria Hall, Radstock Isobel Holly Page 65 F4 7.30pm-9pm The Egg Speak Out Page 18 F5 7.30pm-9.30pm Bath Abbey Marian Consort Page 18 F6 8pm-9.30pm Waterstones New Talent #1 Trauma Page 18

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G3 7.30pm Forum Mary Chapin Carpenter Page 20 ER22 8-9pm Waterstones Exploring Whisky with Rachel McCormack Page 20 G4 8pm Komedia Maisha featuring Nubya Garcia & Shirley Tetteh Page 20

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THURSDAY 17 MAY

FRIDAY 18 MAY

H1 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn III Page 16

ER6 1pm-2.30pm Assembly Rooms Bath Songs Roderick Williams Schubert I Page 22

H2 6pm-7pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Guts and Gore Page 24 H3 7pm-9pm Victoria Hall, Radstock La Flamenquita. Maria Cristina Page 65 H4 7.30pm Komedia Kansas Smitty's Page 24 H5 7.30pm-8.30pm Forum Professor Green Page 23

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H6 7.30pm-9pm St Michael's Without Jean Efflam Bavouzet Page 24 H7 8pm-9pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Jim Crace Page 24

J1 2.30pm-4pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn IV Page 16 J2 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Denise Mina and Abir Mukherjee Page 25 J3 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Philip Hensher and Anna-Marie Crowhurst Page 25 J4 6.30pm-8pm Temple Street Canteen, Keynsham Rhyme and Reason Page 65 FREE 6pm Town Centre Party in the City Page 27

SATURDAY 19 MAY J5 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms The Orwell Prize Debate Page 25 ER7 7.30pm-9.45pm Assembly Rooms Lars Vogt Beethoven Piano Concertos I Page 26

K1 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn V Page 16 K2 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan Page 28 K3 1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Jon McGregor Page 28 K4 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Four Mums in a Boat Page 28 K5 3pm-4pm St Michaels Without Writing History Page 29 ER8 3.30pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Lars Vogt Beethoven Piano Concertos II Page 26 ER23 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Lucy Mangan Literature Page 28

SUNDAY 20 MAY K8 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Roland Philipps Page 29 ER24 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Brett Anderson Page 29 K9 7pm-8pm Holbourne Museum Michael Symmons Roberts Page 29 K10 7.30pm Forum West Side Story Page 38 K11 7.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal New Meetings 1 Page 36 K12 9-10pm Assembly Rooms Vision String Quartet Page 30

Komedia F-Rated Page 39 L2 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms For the Many Podcast Page 40 L3 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Allie Esiri and Friends Page 41 11am-5pm Parade Gardens Family Arts Day Page 37 L4 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms James Thornton and Martin Goodman Page 41 L5 1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Change Maker Sarah Perry Page 40 L6 1.30pm-3.30pm Bath Central Library Writing a Killer Opening Page 19

L7 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Lionel Shriver Page 41 ER9 3pm-4.30pm Assembly Rooms Bath Songs Roderick Williams Schubert II Page 22 L8 3pm-5pm The Abbey Hotel Allium Brasserie Cream Tea with Jessica Fellows Page 40 ER25 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Luke Harding Page 41 L9 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms David Hepworth Page 40 L10 7.30pm-9.30pm Assembly Rooms Vision String Quartet Page 30 L11 8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal New Meetings 2 Page 36

MONDAY 21 MAY

TUESDAY 22 MAY

ER26 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Suzanne Campbell-Jones and Lara Feigel Page 42

N1 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn VII Page 16

M1 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn VI Page 16

ER10 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms John Julius Norwich Page 43

M2 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Change Maker Kamila Shamsie Page 42 M3 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Bath Camerata Page 43 ER27 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Change Maker David Olusoga Page 43 M4 8pm Assembly Rooms Talvin Singh Page 42

N2 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Change Maker Christie Watson Page 45 ER11 3pm-4.30pm Assembly Rooms Bath Songs Roderick Williams Schubert III Page 22 N4 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Journalism in a Post-Truth World Page 45 N5 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Sheila Heti and Deborah Levy Page 45 ER19 8pm Assembly Rooms Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Page 45


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O1 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Joseph Jebelli Page 46 O12 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn IX Page 16 O2 11am-2pm Bath Central Library Writing Online Journalism Page 19 O3 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Chris Stephens Page 46 O4 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Chris Bonington Page 46 O5 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Two Shot Podcast Page 47 O6 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Adam Henson Page 46

FRIDAY 25 MAY

THURSDAY 24 MAY O7 3pm-5pm Bath Central Library Writing and Presenting Performance Poetry Page 19 ER28 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Charlotte Dujardin Page 48 O9 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Backlisted Podcast Page 47 O10 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Margaret Drabble and Linda Grant Page 48 O11 7pm-8.30pm Assembly Rooms Perfect Pitch Henry Blofeld Page 48 ER12 8pm Komedia Vocal Sampling Page 47

P1 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Nick Hunt Page 49 P2 11am- 12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn VIII Page 16 P3 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms TLS Podcast Page 49 ER29 1-2pm Assembly Rooms Francis Pryor Page 49 P5 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Access All Areas Page 51 P6 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Johann Hari and Christina Patterson Page 50 P7 3pm-4.30pm St Michaels Without English Song Page 51

ER13 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Change Maker Christophe Galfard Page 51

SATURDAY 26 MAY

Q1 11am-2pm Bath Central Library Writing Reviews Page 19

ER15 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Roddy Doyle and Hugh Buckley Page 56

ER30 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Identity Matters Page 50

Q2 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Stephen Johnson - Shostakovitch Page 54

Q6 7.30pm-9.45pm Forum Concert for the People of Bath Page 58

P8 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms The Rathbones Folio Prize Event Page 50

ER31 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Change Makers Nikesh Shukla Page 54

Q7 7.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Living Literature Frankenstein Page 53

P9 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Robert Webb Page 50

ER14 3pm-5.30pm Assembly Rooms Stephen Hough Page 55

P10 7pm-8.30pm St Michaels Without Claire Tomalin Page 51

Q4 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Young Writer of the Year Page 54

ER2 7.30pm Forum Ben Folds and a Piano Page 52

Q5 6pm-8pm Temple Street Canteen, Keynsham Nick Hunt Page 65

P11 8pm Komedia Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening Page 52

Q8 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Edith Hall Page 52

SUNDAY 27 MAY

Bath Recreational Grounds Festival Finale Page 57

R6 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Marian Keyes and Louise O'Neill Page 59

Bath Recreational Grounds Festival ďŹ nale Page 57

R1 10am-12pm Radstock Library Family Music Fun Page 65

ER18 3pm-4.15pm Assembly Rooms Rose Tremain Page 60

S1 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Tim Radford Page 63

R2 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Clemency Burton-Hill Page 59

R7 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Les Hinton Page 61

S2 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Goodbye Europe Page 63

R3 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Rob Andrew Page 60

R8 3pm-4.30pm St Michaels Without The KannehMason Family Page 62

R4 11am-12.30pm St Michael's Without Coffee with Haydn X Page 16

S3 11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Imogen Hermes Gowar - The Georgians Page 63

R9 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Sarah Churchwell Page 61

ER17 12.45pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Change Maker Emily Wilson Page 59 R5 1pm-2.30pm Masonic Hall New Talent #2 Strange Worlds Page 60

ER32 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Kate Mosse Page 61 R10 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms Ruby Tandoh Page 62 R11 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms David France Page 61

S6 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Jeffrey Archer Page 64 S7 7.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Jazz in the Vaults Page 64

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WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

ER33 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Viv Groskop Page 64 S4 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Greg Wise Page 63 S5 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms Kevin Powers and Lisa Halliday Page 64

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NEW MEETINGS New Meetings have a special place in the Festival programme – it’s where we bring together brilliant artists who admire each other’s work but have never performed together before. At The Bath Festival, they collaborate to create unique and unmissable performances for the first time. SATURDAY 19 MAY

SUNDAY 20 MAY

MARY ANN KENNEDY AND RACHEL NEWTON

SOUMIK DATTA AND AYOZE DE ALEJANDRO LOPEZ

7.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal K11 £17.50 (£16.50)

8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal L11 £17.50 (£16.50)

Singer, composer, Scottish harp player and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy is joined on stage by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year, Rachel Newton. Both women share a love of the harp and have been fascinated by each other’s work for years. Together, they will explore new connections within the folk tradition.

Soumik Datta is a British Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod – a 19 stringed fretless instrument from ancient Afghanistan and colonial India. He has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar and Talvin Singh, and has brought the ancient sarod into a global arena. In this New Meeting, he will be joined by Ayoze de Alejandro Lopez, a master percussionist from Gran Canaria. Together, they will explore how the sarod can work with Spanish and Latin percussion - in particular the sonorous cajon ‘box’, used widely in flamenco.

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FAMILY ARTS DAY 11am-3pm Parade Gardens Entrance to Parade Gardens: £1.50 adults / £0.80 concessions. FREE to Discovery Card Holders. Calling all families! Come and get creative with us in Parade Gardens. Try a new instrument and make some noise, listen to some tall tales in the story tent, or make your own jumble masterpiece with artist Claire Loder. Have a go at our ever-popular musical treasure hunt and listen to up-and-coming performers on the bandstand…. You might even see some beautiful dancers appear between the trees. Perfect for families of all ages, don’t miss out on this jam-packed day of fun.

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John Porter

‘The music of "West Side Story" is by Leonard Bernstein, and it is superb’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (REVIEW OF THE 1957 PREMIERE) Gemma Summerfield ‘a show stopper – pure vocal champagne’

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Gemma Summerfield SATURDAY 19 MAY

WEST SIDE STORY 7.30pm Forum K10 £25 / £15 / £10

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International Europe Gemma Summerfield Maria John Porter Tony Soloists from Guildhall School of Music, London Mark Powell director Timothy Redmond conductor with Bath Philharmonia WMC Chorus Michael Daniels chorus master Selwood Academy, Frome Mead Academy, Trowbridge

We present a concert performance of one of the greatest of all musicals in Leonard Bernstein’s anniversary year. This retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet set in 1950s New York with its street gangs is full of amazing songs such as Somewhere, Maria and America. We have assembled a remarkable set of forces working in partnership with Wiltshire Music Centre. The lead roles are taken by two fantastic young singers. Gemma Summerfield is a winner of the distinguished Kathleen Ferrier Prize and John Porter has a fast developing opera career. Performers also include an ensemble of exciting young singers from the Guildhall School of Music, a children’s choir, a community chorus of adults and the brilliant Bath Philharmonia under the baton of Timothy Redmond. The performance builds on a visionary large scale schools’ project designed and delivered by Wiltshire Music Centre around the timeless themes of West Side Story and its fantastic music. A thrilling evening of great numbers to send you singing out into the night’. For those interested in taking part in the community chorus please visit www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/wmc-chorus

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SUNDAY 20 MAY

SUNDAY 20 MAY

F RATED

● All Day Komedia

As we mark the centenary of the Suffragettes’ landmark victory on the road towards female equality, join us to celebrate women’s extraordinary achievements and to ask the question: where do we go next? Bath Festivals and FilmBath have joined forces to programme an entire day of events, beginning with a whistlestop tour through the history of feminism and closing with an exuberant gala night of music, comedy and awards and a special screening of the film Frida, starring Salma Hayek. F Rated is a classification that amplifies women's voices. Our all-star politics panel will discuss how women are treated in Westminster, Whitehall and far beyond; luminaries from the world of film, theatre and literature will explore how art is made in a post-Weinstein era; our resident crafter will teach you to fill your projects with attitude; and a series of empowering workshops will share the tools and knowledge to take into the outside world. So don your purple, white and green rosettes and march to Komedia on 20 May!

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FESTIVAL PODCASTS: DAVID HEPWORTH FOR THE MANY 7pm-8pm 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms L2 £9 (£8) Commentator, publisher and broadcaster Iain Dale and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith might not always see eye to eye on political matters – but they certainly have a winning way of making goings-on at Westminster spring to life. They’ve agreed to bring their hit podcast to a live audience at the Bath Festival – expect special guests and plenty of straight talking.

SUNDAY 20 MAY

CREAM TEA WITH JESSICA FELLOWES Tea served at 2pm, interview 3pm-4pm Allium Brasserie L8 £23 (incl. glass of Prosecco and cream tea)

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Set in a stately Oxfordshire household, The Mitford Murders is a thrilling mystery by Jessica Fellowes, author of the New York Times bestselling Downton Abbey books. Based on a real unsolved murder, Jessica will bring the story to life over a sumptuous cream tea – perfect for a Golden Age-style whodunit!

Assembly Rooms L9 £13 (£12) incl. glass of wine Swagger, recklessness, charisma – what made us love the stars of rock’s golden age? Author and journalist David Hepworth presented The Old Grey Whistle Test and is the man behind Smash Hits, Mojo and Q. In his book Uncommon People, he takes 40 rock artists from 1955 to 1995 and relives the myths and magnetism of these cultural icons. ‘Fascinating from start to finish’

SIMON MAYO, RADIO 2

SUNDAY 20 MAY

SARAH PERRY – CHANGE MAKER 1pm-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal L5 £10 (£9) The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry’s extravagant tale of the struggle between science and faith in the Victorian era, became a word-of-mouth sensation, dazzling readers and scooping up prizes. Ahead of the eagerly awaited publication of her new novel, Melmoth, Perry comes to Bath to talk about what inspires her writing.


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SUNDAY 20 MAY

SUNDAY 20 MAY

SUNDAY 20 MAY

JAMES THORNTON AND MARTIN GOODMAN

LUKE HARDING

LIONEL SHRIVER TALKS TO PIERS TAYLOR

1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms L4 £9 (£8) When James Thornton founded ClientEarth, he built a taskforce of lawyers to defend one client – our planet. In their book ClientEarth, James and award-winning author Martin Goodman examine actions brought against some of the world’s most powerful companies and governments. In conversation, James and Martin will give further insight into these ground-breaking cases.

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms ER25 £10 (£9) Donald Trump’s ‘special’ relationship with Vladimir Putin has become one of the biggest political scandals of modern times. In his book Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House, award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals new evidence of Trump’s decades-long involvement with Russia and the gripping inside story of offshore money, Kremlin espionage and a Miss Universe Pageant.

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3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms L7 £9 (£8) The New York Times and Orange Prize-winning novelist (We Need to Talk About Kevin) talks to architect Piers Taylor ('The World's Most Extraordinary Homes' , ‘The House that £100k Built’ ) about her new book of short stories, Property. This striking collection explores ownership, identity and how the people, objects and places we possess may come to possess us.

SUNDAY 20 MAY

ALLIE ESIRI 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms L3 £12 (£11)

Allie Esiri’s latest anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year, brings together 366 poems to share and enjoy throughout the year. Join Allie and a host of actors in a highly entertaining hour as they perform favourite poems from the book, including Wordsworth, WH Auden, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson.

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LARA FEIGEL AND SUZANNE CAMPBELL-JONES 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms ER26 £11.80 (£10.80) incl. tea/ coffee

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In The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich, Lara Feigel tells the stories of the artists who rebuilt Germany’s cultural identity after WW2. Suzanne Campbell-Jones remembers her father in No Ordinary Pilot: One Young Man’s Extraordinary Exploits in World War II and his secret life as a fighter pilot and POW. The authors will discuss war writing and the moving stories of human endeavour they uncovered.

MONDAY 21 MAY

MONDAY 21 MAY

KAMILA SHAMSIE – CHANGE MAKER

TALVIN SINGH

1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms M2 £10 (£9) Acclaimed novelist Kamila Shamsie looked to the distant past for her new novel, Home Fire, a bravura retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, in which the fates of two families are once again inextricably and violently linked. But Shamsie’s setting – the world of jihadis and politicians – makes for a very contemporary tale of loss and revenge. ‘Shamsie's version of Antigone reveals the ancient tragedy we're living now’

ALI SMITH, GUARDIAN, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

8pm Assembly Rooms M4 £20 (£19) Talvin Singh is a renowned producer, composer and tabla player. Drawing inspiration from the classical Indian arts, he has sculpted a unique sonic landscape with a synthesis of electronic music and eastern aesthetic Asian Underground. He has collaborated with Massive Attack, Madonna, Björk and Yoko Ono. In Partnership with


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BATH CAMERATA: THE CHORAL MUSIC OF RODERICK WILLIAMS

JOHN JULIUS NORWICH

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms M3 £18 (£17) Roderick Williams is fast becoming a ‘national treasure’ Renowned as Britain’s leading baritone and fast developing a career as radio and TV presenter he is also a successful and widely performed composer Bath’s own Camerata, conducted by Benjamin Goodson offer an hour of enchanting sacred and secular choral music including settings of Love bade me Welcome, Let nothing trouble you and Summertime. ‘there was a sense of musical adventure’

GUARDIAN

MONDAY 21 MAY

DAVID OLUSOGA – CHANGE MAKER 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms ER27 £10 (£9) Historian David Olusoga’s award-winning book Black and British: A Forgotten History shone a light on this country’s hidden history from Roman Britain to the present day. Now, alongside Simon Schama and Mary Beard, he presents the BBC’s Civilisations, a stunning new look at Kenneth Clark’s classic work. It’s a pleasure to welcome David to Bath as part of our Change Makers lecture series.

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1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms ER10 £10 (£9) John Julius Norwich knows how to make history come alive with wit and imagination – and now he focuses on the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From belligerent Gallic chieftains through to the Resistance, he will take you on a tour of two thousand years of French history.

MONDAY 21 – TUESDAY 22 MAY

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CREATIVE LEARNING

EMPOWERING AND INSPIRING YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE ARTS

The festival is the highlight of the year for the Creative Learning team. It’s a time to celebrate our achievements and to showcase young people’s creativity. We will hear young people’s voices in our school commission Festival Spirits (see page 27) and all over the city with stories and poems created as part of the Paper Nations programme. Our Family Arts Day in Parade Gardens (see page 37) is also back with lots of creative activities to try out - don’t miss it!

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PAPER NATIONS

We have selected some of the fantastic artists and authors performing at the festival to make special appearances at local schools. From a musical assembly with a string quartet to a talk from a national journalist, we have plenty on offer to inspire your pupils. Get in touch to find out more.

This ambitious 3-year project aims to support and nurture young people who aspire to be creative writers. We have held events and discussions at our festivals with engaging panellists and lively audiences. We have also delivered activities in schools, community groups and at Bristol Children’s Hospital to inspire young people to find their voices and pick up a pen. To celebrate, we are taking our young writers’ words to the street! Look out for stories on pavements, shop windows and bus shelters and find out how you can get writing too!

YOUNG PRODUCERS We have embarked on a 3-year programme in partnership with Mentoring Plus, which will give young people across Bath the skills and confidence to stage their own community events. The Young Producers will be working with the Bath Festivals team and our Artistic Directors to find out what happens behind the scenes.

Paper Nations is led by Bath Spa University in partnership with Bath Festivals and NAWE and is funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic fund for Creative Writing in Schools. www.papernations.org.uk

Find out more about the Creative Learning programme: www.bathfestivals.org.uk/learning Get in touch: education@bathfestivals.org.uk or 01225 614186 The Creative Learning team gratefully acknowledges the support of Trevor Osbourne Charitable Trust.


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TUESDAY 22 MAY

TUESDAY 22 MAY

TUESDAY 22 MAY

CHRISTIE WATSON – CHANGE MAKER

JOURNALISM IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD

DEBORAH LEVY AND SHEILA HETI

CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA

3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms N2 £10 (£9)

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms N4 £9 (£8) In a world of ‘post-truth’, ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’, when did we stop seeing fact and fiction in black and white? James Ball (Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World), Julian Baggini (A Short History of Truth), Heather Brooke (The Revolution Will Be Digitised) and PSA Journalist of the Year Stephen Bush will explore how true the ‘truth’ can ever really be.

7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms N5 £9 (£8) Deborah Levy (The Cost of Living) and internationally-acclaimed author Sheila Heti (Motherhood) discuss the identity of women in marriage, relationships and the modern family home. Drawing from their careers and personal experiences, Deborah and Sheila will explore the politics of womanhood and what it means to challenge it.

8pm Assembly Rooms ER19 £20 / £10 (£19) Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita perform tracks from their stunning new album SOAR.

When Christie Watson won a Costa Award for her debut novel, she was still a nurse – a vocation she pursued for over 20 years, despite having wanted to be a marine biologist. In her memoir, The Language of Kindness, she describes in astonishingly vivid and immediate language the care and compassion that her profession brings to bear on people frequently experiencing the most painful and terrifying days of their lives.

In Partnership with

TUESDAY 22 MAY

TUESDAY 22 MAY

Drawing deep on their own cultural influences and transforming musical traditions with remarkable synergy, the duo have built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances. ‘A sublime duo of two artists who are masters of their instruments...musicality and architecture at work’

SIMON BROUGHTON, LONDON EVENING STANDARD *****

‘an intriguing collaboration that really worksÁ the interaction is remarkableÁ an elegant, gently exquisite set’.

ROBIN DENSELOW, THE GUARDIAN ****

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WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

JOSEPH JEBELLI

CHRIS STEPHENS

ADAM HENSON

11am-12pm Assembly Rooms O1 £9 (£8) Alzheimer's is the great global epidemic of our time and, as populations age, the race is on to understand this most devastating disease. In his book In Pursuit of Memory, leading neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli takes us on a thrilling quest for answers via history, science and his own personal experiences.

1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms O3 £9 (£8) For 25 years the unassuming town of St Ives was home to some of the world’s greatest avant-garde artists including Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth and Peter Lanyon. Holburne Museum Director Chris Stephens (St Ives: The Art and the Artists) will explore this cultural phenomenon and how it changed the art world forever.

3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms O6 £10 (£9) We humans owe a big debt to our wet-nosed, four-legged friends. In A Farmer and His Dog, Countryfile’s Adam Henson explores the unique relationship between a farmer and his most loyal ally. Adam will talk about the dogs that have touched his life and celebrate the hard-working dogs that help and protect us.

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

SIR CHRIS BONINGTON 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms O4 £9 (£8)

Sir Chris Bonington is one of the world’s greatest mountaineers. He has scaled the most dangerous peaks on the planet and climbed Mount Everest at the age of fifty. In Ascent, Chris reveals the private heartache of losing his wife and finding the courage to carry on. 'This is a compelling tale of fortitude and endurance.'

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FESTIVAL PODCASTS: BACKLISTED

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

FESTIVAL PODCASTS: TWO SHOT PODCAST 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms O5 £9 (£8) Many will know actor Craig Parkinson from his roles in TV’s Line of Duty, Misfits and Whitechapel, and the film Four Lions. He is also the man behind one of the UK’s hottest new podcasts, in which he interviews actors about the highs and lows of life on stage and screen. Craig will be bringing the podcast to Bath with special guests Charlie and Daisy-May Cooper (writers and stars of BBC’s This Country)

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms O9 £9 (£8) The literary podcast that gives new life to old books comes to Bath for a special episode dedicated to Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. Hosts John Mitchinson and Andy Miller will be joined by novelist Rachel Heath, critic Arifa Akbar and the festival's artistic director Alex Clark for a discussion about this extraordinary and influential collection, which was written while the author lived in Bath during the 1970s. This event will be recorded live for future broadcast.

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

VOCAL SAMPLING 8pm Komedia ER12 £25 (£24)

Using only their six voices and a microphone, Vocal Sampling are a Cuban a cappella band who sound like an entire orchestra. Expect intricate rhythms, vocal gymnastics and a hot Cuban flavour. Theatrical, imaginative and fun. ‘a six-man a cappella group with boundless vitality and ingenuity.’

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CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms ER28 £10 (£9)

Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with a record-breaking performance at the London 2012 Olympics. In her autobiography The Girl on The Dancing Horse, Charlotte shares her story of sacrifice, overcoming class barriers, and the unbreakable bond between a girl and her horse.

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WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

MARGARET DRABBLE AND LINDA GRANT

PERFECT PITCH HENRY BLOFELD’S MUSICAL MEMORIES

7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms O10 £9 (£8) Margaret Drabble (Jerusalem the Golden, The Millstone and The Dark Flood Rises) is one of our greatest living novelists; and Orange Prize-winning Linda Grant (When I Lived in Modern Times, Upstairs at the Party) is a huge fan. We’ve asked these two writers to come together to discuss their work and their experiences of the writing life in a very special event

7pm-8.30pm Assembly Rooms O11 £12 (£11) For over half a century, Henry Blofeld has been the voice of Test Match Special and one of British cricket’s best-loved personalities. In this special event, and to celebrate his memoir Over and Out, Henry will reveal his favourite music and moments from an incredible career in sports broadcasting.


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FESTIVAL PODCASTS: TLS PODCAST

FRANCIS PRYOR

1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms P3 £9 (£8) Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s question, “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”, the Times Literary Supplement’s wide-ranging weekly podcast brings you the very best from the world of books and ideas. Join TLS editor Stig Abell and podcast host Thea Lenarduzzi for a special edition, recorded in front of a Bath audience.

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1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms ER29 £9 (£8) Archaeologist and Time Team regular Francis Pryor has spent a lifetime digging through history. In his fascinating book Paths To The Past, he delves into Britain's landscapes and reveals the stories buried beneath our feet. With his signature wit and wide-eyed curiosity, Francis will share the secret treasures of our island.

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NICK HUNT 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms P1 £11.80 (£10.80) incl. tea/coffee

Nick Hunt embarked on an extraordinary quest - to follow four of Europe's winds across the continent. In his unconventional travelogue, Where The Wild Winds Are, Nick describes extraordinary landscapes, a cast of unforgettable characters and the history, myths and folklore that surround these powerful forces of nature.

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THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE EVENT

CHRISTINA PATTERSON AND JOHANN HARI

IDENTITY MATTERS - AFUA HIRSCH, CHARLIE BRINKHURST-CUFF AND GUESTS

7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms P8 £9 (£8) Novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant Nikesh Shukla will be in conversation with the newly announced winner of The Rathbones Folio Prize, awarded to the book of the year and spanning both fiction and non-fiction. They will discuss the winning book, and how the judges, who also include Kate Summerscale and Jim Crace, arrived at their decision.

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ROBERT WEBB 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms P9 £10 (£9)

For comedian and writer Robert Webb, the ‘rules’ of being a man (drink beer, love sport, don't talk about feelings) aren’t that straightforward. Hilarious and heartbreaking, his runaway bestseller How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert the man he is, and the lessons we learn as sons and fathers.

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3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms P6 £9 (£8) Two acclaimed authors and journalists discuss coping strategies for life’s challenges. In his groundbreaking book Lost Connections, Johann Hari explores the causes and cures of depression and anxiety. He will be joined by Christina Patterson (The Art of Not Falling Apart) who began to catalogue the losses and disappointments of ordinary people to create a very different form of self-help.

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms ER30 £9 (£8) In Brit(ish), writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch explores her own life as a woman of mixed Ghanaian and British heritage, and the UK’s difficulty in grappling with its post-colonial history. Joined by gal-dem’s deputy editor and writer Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and special guests, they discuss race and belonging.


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THURSDAY 24 MAY

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CLAIRE TOMALIN

ACCESS ALL AREAS

7pm-8:30pm St Michael’s Without P10 £15 (£14) Claire Tomalin is more used to telling other people’s stories - famously those of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen. But now the award-winning biographer describes the highs and lows of her own extraordinary life. This event includes performances by tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook, of some of Tomalin’s favourite music, including pieces composed by her mother, Muriel Herbert.

BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS TO THE ARTS

ENGLISH SONG RICHARD STOKES, JAMES GILCHRIST AND ANNA TILBROOK

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3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms P5 £9 (£8) If the arts aren’t for everyone, what value and relevance can they have? And how do we ensure that those who create art – writers, musicians, performers and visual artists alike – represent contemporary society? Award-winning novelist Kerry Hudson talks about her forthcoming memoir, Lowborn, with agent Juliet Pickering and Journalist Poppy Noor in a discussion focusing on class, ethnicity and gender.

3pm-4.30pm St Michael’s Without P7 £15 (£14) Richard Stokes’s knowledge of art song is unrivalled. Here he discusses his Penguin Book of English Song with live illustrations by the wonderful tenor James Gilchrist in partnership with Anna Tilbrook. Songs performed include works by Finzi, Butterworth, Quilter, Warlock Macmillan, Howells and Vaughan Williams. ‘No one tells a musical story with more wonder, more delicacy than James Gilchrist’

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ARTS DESK

THURSDAY 24 MAY

CHRISTOPHE GALFARD CHANGE MAKER 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms ER13 £10 (£9)

After completing his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics under Professor Stephen Hawking, Christophe Galfard now devotes his time to spreading scientific knowledge to the general public. In this compelling lecture, he will explore Einstein’s scientific revolution and prove to you that anyone can understand the wonders of our universe.

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BEN FOLDS & A PIANO SUPPORT BY MATT HOLUBOWSKI 7.30pm Forum ER2 £38 / £32 / £24 / £18 (Concessions available see pg. 69)

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Multi platinum-selling singer,songwriter and producer Ben Folds goes back to basics in this intimate performance of new tracks and old favourites. With just a piano and his own distinctive voice, Ben will dip into his enormous body of genre-bending music for this uniquely personal performance.

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KATHRYN TICKELL & THE DARKENING

EDITH HALL – CHANGE MAKER

8pm Komedia P11 £25 / £24 Kathryn Tickell is a prolific composer, performer, broadcaster (BBC Radio 3). Her new band The Darkening bring some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs to life, intermingling them with new material and binding it all together with contemporary resonance and attitude. Fresh sounds merge with ancient influences. Expansive sonic textures are created. ‘I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.’

11am-12pm Assembly Rooms Q8 £10 (£9) Classical historian Edith Hall is passionate about putting pleasure into our understanding of the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome – and indeed her researches have brought her to Bath in pursuit of forgotten classicists. Now she returns with her new book, Aristotle’s Way, to deliver a scintillating lecture on how ancient wisdom can change modern lives.

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LIVING LITERATURE

FRIDAY 25 MAY

LIVING LITERATURE FRANKENSTEIN 7.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Q7 £40

In the 200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has established itself as one of the most enduring and unsettling horror novels of all time. It is perhaps all the more amazing because it was written by an 18-year-old girl during a rainy summer on Lake Geneva. Our night of celebration will immerse you in Shelley’s world and that of her scientist and his unholy monster. Interactive performance, ghoulish spectacles and sinfully delicious cocktails will bring all five senses to life. Period costume is optional but encouraged!

In Partnership with the School of Advanced Study at the University of London

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STEPHEN JOHNSON

SUNDAY TIMES / PFD YOUNG WRTER AWARD

1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms Q2 £9 (£8)

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NIKESH SHUKLA CHANGE MAKER 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms ER31 £10 (£9)

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When Nikesh Shukla began to crowdfund his anthology, The Good Immigrant, he had no idea of the prizes it would scoop up, and the vast number of copies it would sell; all he wanted to do was make a space for a new narrative around race and immigration. Now, with The Good Journal in the offing, Shukla finds himself regularly featured as a top cultural change maker - and he’s still writing novels. Find out how he did it - and what is still to do - in an empowering lecture.

During Stalin’s reign of terror, Shostakovich's controversial music came to reflect the desolation of a people. Following on from his book How Shostakovich Changed my Mind, BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores music’s ability to help mental illness and how his relationship with Shostakovich shaped his battle with bipolar disorder. In Partnership with

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms Q4 £9 (£8) Don’t miss a chance to catch one of Irish writing’s brightest new stars, Sally Rooney, who recently won The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award for her debut novel Conversations with Friends. Joining her is Max Porter, whose novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers is soon to be performed on stage with Cillian Murphy in the leading role. Chaired by Andrew Holgate, literary editor of the Sunday Times.

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STEPHEN HOUGH PIANO 3pm-5.30pm Assembly Rooms ER14 £32 / £24 / £20 / £16 (Concessions available, see p69)

Debussy Debussy Schumann Debussy Debussy Beethoven In Partnership with

Clair de Lune (Suite Bergamasque) Images Bk II Fantasy in C major Op 17 La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune Images Bk I Sonata in F minor Op 57 'Appassionata'

One of the world’s truly great pianists, Stephen Hough’s programme has at its core two timeless masterpieces. Schumann’s C major fantasy is shot through with virtuosity and ravishing melody and Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata packs an extraordinary emotional punch. ‘The man is an intellectual and physical pianistic powerhouse’.

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RODDY DOYLE AND HUGH BUCKLEY 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms ER15 £12 (£10)

Join us for an evening of words and music, as acclaimed novelist Roddy Doyle reads from his new book, Smile is a searing portrayal of a man’s lifelong struggle with boyhood events. Doyle’s readings from the novel will be accompanied by jazz guitarist Hugh Buckley, the author’s friend and former schoolmate.

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CONCERT FOR THE PEOPLE OF BATH 7.30pm-9.45pm Forum Q6 £34/£28/£22/£18/£15

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Cello Concerto No 1 Sea Pictures Czardas Piano Concerto No 2 (second movement) Saint-Saens The Swan Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Medley Offenbach Tears of Jacqueline Brahms Hungarian Dance Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello Catriona Morison mezzo soprano Kanneh-Mason Family Bath Philharmonia Jason Thornton conductor We are delighted to be presenting the annual concert dedicated to the memory of Brian and Margaret Roper; a concert that encourages future generations to develop their love of classical music. A unique evening bringing together the winners of BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the epitome of musical charisma and was a smash at the Proms. Cardiff audiences were blown away by Catriona Morison and a major international operatic career beckons. The concert is rounded off by a medley of solos performed by the extraordinary Kanneh-Mason family.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: ‘youth, verve and diversity challenge classical stereotypes in one joyful swoop’GUARDIAN Catriona Morison: ‘She sang with a silky, lightly smoky tone, easygoing dramatic flair and unflappable poise.’ NEW YORK TIMES Generously supported by The Roper Family Charitable Trust


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SATURDAY 26 MAY

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CLEMENCY BURTON-HILL

EMILY WILSON

11am-12pm Assembly Rooms R2 £9 (£8) Ever wanted to know more about classical music but didn’t know where to begin? In her book Year of Wonder, violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill offers an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year and an accessible guide to the composers and contexts behind them.

12.45pm-2pm Assembly Rooms ER17 £10 (£9) Homer’s The Odyssey is one of the world’s first great adventure stories. Emily Wilson’s vivid new translation (the first by a woman) brings a compelling new voice to this epic poem of war, wealth, marriage and identity. As part of the talk, Emily will give a special reading from her acclaimed translation. ‘A new cultural landmark’

CHARLOTTE HIGGINS, THE GUARDIAN

SATURDAY 26 MAY

MARIAN KEYES AND LOUISE O’NEILL 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms R6 £10 (£9)

For 20 years, Marian Keyes (Rachel’s Holiday, The Break) has been writing ‘mercilessly funny’ (The Times), bestselling fiction about modern women in the modern world. She is joined in conversation by fellow Irish author Louise O’ Neill (Asking For It) whose latest novel Almost Love depicts the destructive thrill of an obsessive relationship.

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ROB ANDREW

NEW TALENT #2 STRANGE WORLDS

11am-12pm Assembly Rooms R3 £10 (£9) Rob Andrew Rugby – The Game of My Life is a key figure in modern rugby, with two tours, a Premiership title and three England Grand Slams under his belt. A must for fans everywhere, Rob will share off-pitch insights and memories from a dazzling career. A perfect way to start your Premiership final Saturday!

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ROSE TREMAIN 3pm-4.15pm Assembly Rooms ER18 £9 (£8)

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Rose Tremain’s brilliant novels speak for themselves, Restoration, The Road Home and The Gustav Sonata among them. But now the author turns to memoir, and the post-war Britain of the 1940s and 1950s. Hear her talk about Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life with artistic director Alex Clark, plus musical accompaniment.

1pm-2.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal R5 £6 (£5) A stolen baby and a man on the run; a mermaid on the loose in Georgian London; sisters forging a new life in the Scottish wilderness; and a disturbing postwar woodland fable. Our pick of brilliant new talent includes some of the tallest tales imaginable. Come and find out more in the company of Danny Denton, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Mick Kitson and Xan Brooks, winner of this year’s Costa First Novel award.

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SARAH CHURCHWELL

DAVID FRANCE

5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms R9 £9 (£8) Searing and insightful, Behold America by Sarah Churchwell charts the history of the phrases 'America First' and the 'American Dream', and explores the role they play in modern America identity and politics. Sarah is Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London and director of the Being Human festival.

7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms R11 £9 (£8) David France is an internationallycelebrated investigative reporter and author. His multi award-winning book, How to Survive a Plague, tells the profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots activists who pushed forward the development of lifesaving drugs. Woven from the stories of victims and campaigners, France’s now iconic work is as riveting as it is groundbreaking. ‘This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field’

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LES HINTON 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms R7 £9 (£8) When Les Hinton landed a copy job for an Adelaide newspaper, little did he know he would rise up to become Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man for over five decades. In his candid memoir The Bootle Boy: An Untidy Life in News, Les offers a rare portrait of the world’s most controversial media mogul.

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SUNDAY TIMES

SATURDAY 26 MAY

KATE MOSSE 5pm-6pm Assembly Rooms ER32 £10 (£9) International bestselling author Kate Mosse has sold over five million books in 42 languages. Her latest novel The Burning Chambers takes readers to 16th-century Languedoc, where the battle-lines are being drawn in blood. Set against a backdrop of war and conspiracy, this is a gripping story of young lovers, divided loyalties and a powerful secret.

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RUBY TANDOH 7pm-8pm Assembly Rooms R10 £9 (£8) Ruby Tandoh shot to fame as one of the runners-up on The Great British Bake Off - but she’s since become one of the wisest voices on the culinary scene. Determined that we should enjoy what we eat, impatient of food fashions and dieting obsessions, Tandoh implores us to Eat Up! and nourish our lives as we do so.

SATURDAY 26 MAY

THE KANNEH-MASON FAMILY 3pm-4.30pm St Michael’s Without R8 £16 (£15)

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Music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Chopin. The 7 members of the Kanneh-Masons are an extraordinary musical family. Their fantastic performances of classical music took them to the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent and all of them have a special brilliance and vitality which brings classical music alive like no other group.


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SUNDAY 27 MAY

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SUNDAY 27 MAY

TIM RADFORD

GOODBYE EUROPE

11am-12pm Assembly Rooms S1 £11.80 (£10.80) incl.tea/coffee

11am-12pm Assembly Rooms S2 £9 (£8)

IMOGEN HERMES GOWAR THE GEORGIANS

Tim Radford believes that physics can make you happy. In a world of uncertainty and chaos, science offers thrilling answers to big questions that are rooted in measurable, dependable logic. In The Consolations of Physics, Tim breaks down the grandest scientific ideas and reveals, despite their complexity, how strangely comforting they can be.

A unique collection of stories by Britain’s most celebrated writers and thinkers, Goodbye Europe spans everything from art, language, and music, to food, war and geography. Join Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sunny Singh and Kate Mosse as they share their stories and thoughts on what makes us British – and what makes us European.

11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal S3 £9 (£8)

Inspired by 18th-century artefacts she encountered in her work at a museum, Imogen Hermes Gowar wrote 2018’s most anticipated debut novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. In this lecture, she shares some of her knowledge of Georgian society and takes us on a journey into a period marked by social change and new discoveries.

SUNDAY 27 MAY

GREG WISE 1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms S4 £9 (£8)

When Clare Wise was diagnosed with cancer, she began a blog that charted her final three years. When she became too ill to type, her brother – the actor Greg Wise – took over. Witty, warm and candid, Not That Kind of Love is about a special bond, one person’s journey to death, and the importance of celebrating life.

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VIV GROSKOP

KEVIN POWERS AND LISA HALLIDAY

JAZZ IN THE VAULTS - TONY KOFI / JONNY BRUCE

1pm-2pm Assembly Rooms ER33 £9 (£8) Everything that can happen has already happened in Russian literature, or so Viv Groskop would have you believe. In The Anna Karenina Fix, this hilariously honest author finds wisdom in the Russian classics - from unrequited love (A Month in the Country) to unwanted facial hair (Natasha, War and Peace).

SUNDAY 27 MAY

JEFFREY ARCHER 3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms S6 £9 (£8)

Jeffrey Archer knows how to tell a story that leaves you wanting more. Over a lifetime, that reads like a thrilling bestseller, he has sold 330 million books in 97 countries. Join this master of suspense as he talks about his new collection of short stories, Tell Tale, and his best-selling series, The Clifton Chronicles.

3pm-4pm Assembly Rooms S5 £9 (£8) In his novel A Shout In The Ruins, Kevin Powers (The Yellow Birds) returns to the battlefield and the nature of violence. He is joined by Lisa Halliday whose daring novel Asymmetry examines power in our society across a host of vivid characters. These American authors will discuss weaving stories of human experience across generations and oceans.

7.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal S7 £17.50 (£16.50) We bring the electric atmosphere of Bath’s own ‘Jazz in the Vaults’ to the Masonic Hall. Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Tony Kofi and renowned trumpeter Jonny Bruce will be accompanied by the JazzHouse Trio and supported by DJ Tony Clark. ‘There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.’

JAZZWISE

‘A terrific trumpeter named Jonny Bruce plays with real fizz’

THE GUARDIAN

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TUESDAY 15 MAY

THURSDAY 17 MAY

MATTHEW LENNOX

ISOBEL HOLLY

6.30pm-8pm Temple Street Canteen B9 £5 (£4) Next generation ‘one man band’ Matthew Lennox combines folk-rock, country, tap guitar, flamenco, beatboxing, looping and FX to create a unique, multi-layered sound. Originally hailing from Vancouver, he now travels the globe in pursuit of fresh musical influences.

6.30pm-8pm Victoria Hall Radstock F3 £5 (£4) Bath’s very own musical sensation, Isobel Holly is a rare find. Think indie-folk roots combined with gorgeous soul. Having starred in the Edinburgh Fringe, the Danish Club Awards and our own music festival, she has received both national and international acclaim. A real star in the making! ‘Amazingly soulful voice’

LA FLAMENQUITA MARÍA CRISTINA

THE ROCKER.COM

7pm-9pm Victoria Hall Radstock H3 £8 (£7) Strictly Come Dancing fans, eat your heart out! Join us for a night of passion, soul and authentic Spanish culture as our dance teacher, Maria Cristina, and her accompanying guitarist, Jimi Can, teach you the ‘fiery’ steps of the Flamenco! This is something you won’t want to miss!

B&NES EVENTS

B&NES EVENTS

‘SUPERB’

JELLI RECORDS BRISTOL

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RHYME AND REASON

NICK HUNT

FAMILY MUSIC FUN

6.30pm-8pm Temple Street Canteen J4 £4 (£3) Can you lay down verse better than Shakespeare on a Friday night? Join Bath’s premier poetry night, Rhyme and Reason for an open mic showcase, giving you the chance to perform alongside the best young poets! Newcomers get the loudest applause or we’re not doing our job right! ‘Wow! What an amazing night! The team have almost single handedly changed the entire UK poetry scene!’

6pm-8pm Temple Street Canteen – Keynsham Q5 £5 (£4) Nick Hunt embarked on an extraordinary quest - to follow four of Europe's winds across the continent. In his unconventional travelogue, Where The Wild Winds Are, Nick describes extraordinary landscapes, a cast of unforgettable characters and the history, myths and folklore that surround these powerful forces of nature.

10am-12pm Radstock Library R1 FREE Release your inner musician in our family-friendly musical workshop Join Sarah Moody at Radstock Library to play a variety of instruments and create as much noise as possible. You might even find yourself in a brand new band. Which instrument will you choose?

SHAGUFTA K

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Book online thebathfestival.org.uk Board of Trustees John Cullum DL Chair David Bates, Kevin Brown, James Drummond, Will Gregory, Celia Mead, Peter Medlock, Councillor Anthony Clarke, Chris Rogers, Denise Coughlan, Lady Evelyn Strasburger, David Taraskevics, Stephen Taylor, Richard Turner CMG OBE, Charles Brooke Artistic Directors Alex Clark (literature and words), David Jones (jazz, folk and world), James Waters (classical) Head of Programming Judith Robinson Chief Executive Ian Stockley Head of Marketing & Development Eleanor Household Finance & Administration Rebecca Wheeler Head of Production Kate Hall Head of Creative Learning Hazel Plowman Marketing Manager Aisling Bradley Publicity Vicki Cheadle, Sally Reeves and Nikki Barrows Festival Administrator Elysia Collins Festival Assistants Nick Compton and Cinnamon Trundle Box Office Gena Goldfield, Jasmine Barker, Pam Twohig, Tilley Sheridan, June Price Brand and Festival Design Shorthose-Russell Website Touchpoint Design Registered Charity No.801617

THE CORPORATE AND EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY GROUP The Corporate and Educational Advisory Group allows Bath Festivals to listen to and work with key partners in the city. All members are key supporters and committed partners of Bath Festivals. They represent a cross section of organisations that have different areas of involvement with the city. As a group we meet four times a year. The purpose of the group is to listen, advise, influence and agree actions that allow Bath Festivals to deliver greater community and visitor engagement through the arts. Bath Festivals is hugely appreciative of their support.

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Print at Home/E-tickets - you will receive your tickets via email shortly after your booking. Not all delivery options are available for all events.

Please note postal bookings are dealt with alongside telephone and counter bookings.

Concessions Concession prices are available to under–18s, full–time students, unemployment benefit claimants, visitors with a disability and those whose sole source of income is a DSS state retirement pension. Where available, concessions entitle you to £1 off the original ticket price. Only one concession may apply per ticket.

WHEN TO BOOK Patrons Booking Gold & Silver Members Bronze Members General Booking

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Bath Box Office Bath Visitor Information Centre, Bridgwater House, 2 Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LN T: 01225 463362 E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk Box Office opening hours Monday to Saturday 9.30am–5.30pm Sunday & Bank Holidays Closed Open Sunday 13th and 20th May 10am – 4pm Delivery Options Postal delivery - tickets will be posted to you for a charge of £1 or free of charge if you include a stamped addressed envelope with your booking. Care of Box Office - tickets will be held for collection at Bath Box Office, or at the venue from one hour before the event.

All bookings incur a transaction charge of £1. Please note that tickets purchased through partner venues or ticket agents may incur additional booking fees.

Please note wheelchair spaces and free carer tickets are not available to book online. Group bookings We offer one free seat for every ten purchased to the same event when booked at the same time. Bath Song Series Pass Buy a ticket to 3 concerts in the Bath Song Series and receive £15 off. This offer will automatically apply when 3 applicable events are in your basket. Standby ticket offer Under–18s, full–time students, unemployment benefit claimants, visitors with a disability and those whose sole source of income is a DSS state retirement pension may purchase unsold tickets at half price on the door 30 minutes before the event. Seat allocation is subject to availability and at the Box Office’s discretion. This offer will not apply to sold out events.

Accessibility Bath Festivals is keen to promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities and to take the necessary steps to meet their requirements. Our festival takes place in a range of venues across the city please visit the Accessibility page on our website bathfestivals.org.uk/accessibility for more information. Please contact the Box Office if you require the following: Wheelchairs seats, a free Personal Assistant ticket, a British Sign Language interpreter. If you have any other requirements, please contact our Access Officer on access@bathfestivals.org.uk or 01225 614186.

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Other booking information Please quote the event code when booking. Event times are approximate and doors open 15 minutes before each event. Tickets are non-refundable, but if an event sells out the Bath Box Office are happy to offer returned tickets for resale. A £2 per ticket handling charge will apply on all resold tickets. Please note we cannot refund booking, transaction or postage fees. Programmes and performers may be subject to change. All information in this programme was correct at the time of going to press. Filming Some events or shows may be filmed or photographed. Buying a ticket affirms your consent to the filming, sound recording or photographing of yourself as a member of the audience.

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Bath Festivals is a charity, producing over 300 arts events for the city every year. We have to raise over one third of our income every year from donations and other fundraising so your support is vital.

Our Patrons are playing a vital role in helping us develop our work with young people. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone below for their support.

FROM £25

We are committed to making inspiring, creative opportunities accessible to all children in our region which is why we produce the biggest dedicated programme of Children’s Literature Festival in the UK. Alongside our music and literature Festival in May and our Children’s Literature Festival in October, we also run a year-round education programme working with over 6,000 young people from all backgrounds in 2016, helping them to develop confidence and creative skills. In return for their support, our Members benefit from priority booking, events and ticket offers. Find out more about membership and other ways to support our future on the website - bathfestivals.org.uk

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Life Patron Lady Evelyn Strasburger Paragon Patrons: Chris and Monique Bamford Lord Charles Brooke Marianna Clarke James Drummond David and Karin Embleton Mark Roper Paul and Fiona Kane The Coles-Medlock Foundation The Norie Charitable Trust The Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust Trevor Osborne Ian Tarr Ian and Christa Taylor Alexandra Wilson

Circus Patrons: Ken and Vera Barnes John and Yvonne Cullum Jane Drabble and Bill Nemtin Van and Eva DuBose Andrew Fletcher Anne and Peter Gunning The Mayden Foundation Bob and Jean Tyrrell Crescent Patrons: Lucy Aspin Anthony and Fenella Avison Fiona Bell The Elizabeth and Gordon Bloor Charitable Trust Michael and Siobhan Bond Chris and Alison Born John and Sally Bowman Henry and Jane Brown John and Rosalie Challis Peter Clegg Rob and Deborah Clements

Lloyd and Claire Cossins-Price Marc Cuddihy Gitte and Stephen Dawson Sam and Fenella Dyson John and Liz Everitt Kenneth Fullalove and Christine Darwent Sir James Fuller Barry and Yvonne Gilbertson Richard and Yasemin Hall Simon and Catriona Heale William and Wera Hobhouse Bernard and Clare Horn Paul and Claire Jackson Howard and Lyn Jacobs Simon and Antonia Johnson Conrad Jones Sheila McCormack Rod and Karin Morgan Ruth Moser Hendy and Sue Pendle Charlotte Pinder Nigel and Stephanie Pollard

Bob and Diana Potter Chris and Denise Rogers Roger and Janet Rolls Andrew Rome and Shay Parsons Andrew Rutherford DL Thomas and Michelle Sheppard Chris and Jan Shepley Jim and Hiroko Sherwin Colin and Theresa Skellett Marcelle Speller Ian Stockley William and Wendy Jane Stockley Clivette Taylor Richard Turner Richard and Sue Wales Ian and Janet Wilson Brian Woodford Lucy Woodroffe Nicholas Wylde Our anonymous Patrons


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The Bath Festival 2018  

70th Anniversary Year

The Bath Festival 2018  

70th Anniversary Year

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