Writer and comedian Viv Groskop to head Independent Bath Literature Festival
Comedian, critic, columnist and broadcaster Viv Groskop is taking over the reins of the Independent Bath Literature Festival.
The writer who grew up in Bruton in Somerset will take over from James Runcie as artistic director after this year’s event, which begins on Friday (1).
Mr Runcie, who has been at the creative helm of the literature festival since 2010, is leaving to become head of literature and the spoken word at London’s South Bank Centre.
Ms Groskop has written for the Telegraph, the Observer and the Independent and is literary editor of Red magazine.
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She makes regular appearances on BBC and Sky arts programmes as well as having her own stand-up comedy act.
She said: “I am very excited to be joining the team at the Independent Bath Literature Festival. I grew up in the West Country and I am as passionate about books as I am about live events, so this is a dream job for me. I'm looking forward to building on the festival's success in recent years.”
Bath Festivals chief executive Belinda Kidd said: “Bath Festivals is delighted to welcome Viv Groskop to the team. She is a prolific and highly successful journalist and broadcaster, and I'm sure her fresh, dynamic approach will take the Literature Festival on to even greater heights.”
Her first festival will be next year’s.
This year’s festival is bringing JK Rowling, Hilary Mantel, Ben Goldacre and Gavin Esler to the city.
Details are at www.bathlitfest.org.uk.