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Celebrating the Imagination – The Gist

Friday 15th March - Saturday 16th March

Friday: Doors at 7pm // Saturday 10am until 5pm

A gathering of some our  finest award-winning poets, novelists and artists in which we will hear and see their individual imaginations at work and have the opportunity to explore with them what the imagination might mean for us all in both its inventive and ethical aspects.


Friday 15th March //  Doors open at 7pm, talks from 7:30pm

The Shaping Spirit of Imagination – with Lindsay Clarke and John Moat


 Saturday 16th March  //  10am until 5pm:

The Imagination at Work – with talks from Sir Andrew Motion, Andrew Miller, Maggie Gee and Liliane Lijn



We are very sorry to announce that Andrew Motion has had to postpone his talk scheduled for 16 March, as part of The Gist. He has had to go into hospital for an emergency operation, which was scheduled at very shot notice earlier this week. He is extremely disappointed as he was looking forward to the event very much, and sends his sincere apologies for any disappointment caused.

The Interalia Centre are currently in the process of re-scheduling his talk for after his recovery, and will offer discounted tickets for this event to those who bought tickets for The Gist.

Details will be posted on and

The Interalia Centre and Rook Lane Arts wishes Andrew a speedy recovery, and thanks ticket holders for their understanding.

As a replacement we are pleased to have poet James Simpson and artist/book creator Carolyn Trant, who will present their collaboration together to create unique works of words and images.


One ticket allows access to all of the events throughout Friday 15th and Saturday 16th.

About Celebrating the Imagination

The imagination is an instrument of liberation, one to which we all have equal access and which serves to celebrate and enlarge our common humanity”                       Lindsay Clarke

Taking place over several weeks in spring 2013, Celebrating the Imagination is a festival of imaginative perspectives on number of  issues within contemporary culture.  The programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to ideas, bridging the gaps between art and science, between education and environment bringing together great speakers and thinkers from the UK and beyond.



£25 (concs £20)

Limited early bird tickets available for £22 (concs £17)

Tickets are available from:

Interalia Centre website  or by phone 01373  302552

Bath Box Office website or by phone 01225 463362

For more information on any of the Celebrating the Imagination events, please contact the Interalia Centre

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Celebrating the Imagination blog

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