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There will be fun, laughter and joy at live events in May, when The Bath Festival brings us a sparkling line-up of authors, artists and musicians.

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Here’s what’s in store for May:

Thank You for the Music: celebrate the enduring appeal of ABBA, along with music writer Giles Smith and broadcaster Gaby Roslin. What is YOUR favourite song from the perennially popular Swedish superstars?

It’s Murder in the Bookshop! Take part in this unique Bath Festival event for puzzle solvers at Waterstones, our official bookseller partner, with the American creator of the worldwide mystery phenomenon, Murdle, G.T. Karber. Have go yourself: 

and you’ll be hooked.

Keanu Reeves is Not in Love with You: Becky Holmes shines a revealing, frequently hilarious light on a very shady corner of the internet, where she has had some fun winding up scammers. Follow her adventures on X @deathtospinach. 


Looking back at a career which began in the days when female comedians were in a minority, comedian, writer and Absolutely Fabulous star Helen Lederer presents Not That I’m Bitter, which promises to be a riotously funny evening.

Clive Myrie talks to Kit de Waal about his remarkable career, how his family history has influenced his view of the world and how being Black has affected his perspective on the issues he’s encountered during his 30 years covering major global events.

Join Jessica Bull, author of Miss Austen Investigates, talking about crime over a cosy cuppa and cake with writer Joanna Nadin.

Wordsmith Adam Sharp brings an entertaining show blending stand-up and excerpts from The Wheel is Spinning but the Hamster is Dead, a journey around the world in idioms, insults and general nonsense.


The Bath Festival’s literature programme has been curated in partnership with Joe Haddow, radio producer, podcast host and author, who also runs the long-running BBC Radio 2 Book Club. He said: “"I am so excited to welcome such an amazing array of authors and speakers to Bath Festival this year! It promises to be a joyous celebration of literature and the importance of stories.”  

Get your tickets here

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