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1RichardGuthrie
Feb 22, 2011, 4:54pm

I've just joined this site and I'm finding it very interesting. However, the ability to look up local fellow bibliophiles is limited.
I live just outside of Bath. Are there many other book lovers around here?

2miss_read
Feb 22, 2011, 4:59pm

I'm in Cornwall, so quite a long way west and south of you. However, I'll be in Bath this weekend for the Lit Fest!

3RichardGuthrie
Editado: Feb 25, 2011, 2:04pm

The Lit Fest looks like it will reach its usual high standard this year (the web site is at http://www.bathlitfest.org.uk/ for those who are not familiar with it).

Are you looking forward to any talk in particular?

Unfortunately I've got other commitments for much of this weekend and so couldn't book tickets for some of the excellent talks there will be. However, I might be free for the Bettany Hughes talk on Monday night if there are still tickets available at the last moment.

EDIT: Bettany Hughes is on Sunday night; I've known this all along and yet somehow typed "Monday" in this post ...

4reading_fox
Feb 23, 2011, 10:51am

There's an inclusive (ie not just Cornwall)but not very active group Cornish Booklovers

Many/some online people are reluctant to reveal real location identification, so I don't expect you'll get many responses.

5pokarekareana
Feb 23, 2011, 2:48pm

Hello! I'm in Bristol, just up the road from you. I'm hoping to get over to Bath on Saturday for a bit of LitFest fun too!

6RichardGuthrie
Feb 23, 2011, 4:34pm

reading_fox - I can understand that many people won't want to be too specific about locations.

However, I've always found it better to discuss interesting things in a face-to-face group -- over a coffee or something stronger -- rather than through posting text on a website. I think it would be entertaining to find a group of half a dozen or so like-minded people who could meet up for chat somewhere that was mutually convenient. That doesn't need people to be very specific about where they are, but simply to say things like Bristol is easy to get to, but Bath is trickier, for example.

Thanks for the Cornish link.

7RichardGuthrie
Feb 23, 2011, 4:34pm

pokarekareana - the world seems to be in Bath on a weekend I'm not there!

Are you looking forward to anything in particular at the LitFest?

8LyzzyBee
Feb 24, 2011, 2:40am

There may well be a BookCrossing group in your area - not sure if there is, but if there isn't, I bet there'll be BookCrossers and you could start one up!

9miss_read
Feb 24, 2011, 3:52am

Hi, Richard! Yes, I'm looking forward to Howard Jacobson on Sunday - I've just finished reading The Finkler Question, so it should be interesting. Also Salley Vickers and a couple of other miscellaneous events.

10Booksloth
Feb 24, 2011, 6:12am

Hi everyone. As far as I know I'm LT's only Plymothian - any challengers?

11RichardGuthrie
Feb 25, 2011, 2:36pm

@LyxxyBee - That's a good idea, but there doesn't seem to be any bookcrossing activity in Bath, although it lists a lot of members. When I have more time I might try to prompt people in a couple of locations in the area become official bookcrossing zones which might increase the activity and bring some people together.

12RichardGuthrie
Feb 25, 2011, 5:31pm

miss_read - those look like really good talks - I'm sure you will enjoy them!

booksloth - I've not seen anyone else from Plymouth on here so far, so you might be right!

13ed.pendragon
Ene 12, 2013, 7:10am

Attention, Wez Vinglund bibliophiles! Oldstick has started a holiday bookshop thread over at http://www.librarything.com/topic/148206 if you're still there!

14strung_out
Jul 29, 2013, 2:01pm

Hello! Bristolian person here - anyone else around or nearby?

15ed.pendragon
Editado: Jul 30, 2013, 10:21am

>14 strung_out:
Hello! Ex-Bristolian, but I occasionally get into Bristol to bookshop-browse.
Why don't you send messages to the Bristol-based posters above?
Also, see the Holidays in Britain thread for some discussion on Bristol bookshops.

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