A well established festival, it first started in 1995 and has hosted some huge names from Alexander McCall Smith to Ian Banks.
This year, the festival will be held from 1st to 10th March and the line up of literary figures will not disappoint a book lover. with over 150 events across the city, choosing where to go and who to see will be your challenge. The events are connected with a theme of 1913 and a world at war.
Highlights to take note of are Hilary Mantel, double Booker Prize winner and J.K Rowling. Hilary Mantel has won her prizes for Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. With only two public events in 2013, this one on Saturday 9th March from 8 -9pm in the Forum (£12) will be a rare opportunity not to be missed.
Also being held in the Forum but on Friday 8th march from 8-9m, J.K. Rowling will be discussing her new book, The Casual Vacancy. Best known for her global success with the Harry Potter series, this is a chance to hear about her move into adult fiction. There will be an opportunity for ticket holders to have their book signed after the event.
That's a snapshot of two of the big names but the festival will be crammed full of lots of other key authors from P.D James to Nadeem Aslam. The Independent Bath Literature Festival will also have a range of events from Poetry and Pints at St James Vaults, top writing secrets for children at the Kids Big Bath Read and tips for budding writers on how to promote their work in the new media age with a PR for Writers talk by bestseller Sara Sheridan.
The festival is packed full with a huge range of exciting activities, talks, walks and more with appeal across the ages. Anyone interested in literature should definitely check their website for a full listing of these amazing events.
Bookings are being taken now with full details on the website.