The collaboration between Baileys and Waterstones will see the basement bar transformed into a haven for literature and drinks, combining the love of reading with the pleasure of a Baileys. Book lovers get the chance to celebrate the outstanding six novels that make up the 2016 shortlist: Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Green Road by Anne Enright, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.The prize has always been about honouring the best works in fiction and championing the power of books to bring people together.
The event will kick off with Ali Smith in a one-to-one conversation with novelist and Baileys Prize co-founder Kate Mosse on Monday 16th May. The Wednesday and Friday following will feature exclusive readings from each of the 2016 shortlisted novels, read by actors Tori Allen-Martin and Jim Rastall. This is a perfect treat for your lunch hour. You will be able to try your hand at creating the most indulgent and impressive Baileys cocktails and learn brilliant tricks at the cocktail workshop with an expert mixologist on Wednesday evening. On the following evening, a panel of business women, including this year’s chair of judges Margaret Mountford from The Apprentice, literary agent Felicity Blunt and Siobhan Moriarty from Diageo’s executive committee will talk about the books that have inspired them in their professional lives.
The week will close with Eimear McBride, winner of the 2014 Baileys Prize for her debut A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, discussing her writing and taking questions from the audience. Attendees will also be treated to an exclusive reading from her new novel The Lesser Bohemias. The evening concludes with an exclusive DJ set, inspired by storytelling.
During this unmissable (and highly indulgent) event, the bar will transform into the perfect destination for people to come together over a cocktail and toast to brilliant fictions crafted by women. Readers who purchase one of the featured books throughout the week will receive a free drink at the bar.
16 – 20 May 2016
By Johanna Gill