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The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

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The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival


06-10-2017 to 15-10-2017


Cheltenham Town Hall and Imperial Square (GL50 1QA) and Montpellier Gardens (GL50 1UD)

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The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is a 10-day celebration of the written and spoken word with some of the world’s most exciting writers, thinkers and speakers.

Leading the bill for literary greats past and present, popular fiction and topical debate are Ian McEwanJonathan Safran FoerSebastian FaulksKarl Ove KnausgaardPJ O’RourkeEdna O’BrienCheryl StayedClare Balding and Jilly CooperArmando IaunucciSimon ArmitageChris RiddellJacqueline WilsonAlan CarrDerren BrownJoey Barton, and Vivienne Westwood.

As well as the latest fiction, topical debate, history, art, film, entertainment, food and lifestyle we focus, in this US election year, on America Uncovered with the help of guest curators Sarah Churchwell, John Freeman and Reginald D. Hunter.  Three dynamic voices explore the important issues for the Millennial generation: Akala, Emma Gannon and Cecilia Knapp. And look out for brand new late night events and literary mayhem …around town.

For ten days every Autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream as we welcome over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help us celebrate the joy of the written word. Alongside a programme of nearly 500 debates, interviews and workshops, we also host Book It! our festival within a festival for families and young readers. Where else could you see the Gruffalo rub shoulders with an award-winning novelist, or a Hollywood legend exchange views with political leaders?

Established in 1949, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of oldest literary events in the world – and with a feast of superstar speakers, an unrivalled setting at the heart of Cheltenham, and the chance to meet your favourite authors and characters – it’s certainly the most fun!

For more informations visit www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature



Emma Tucker, Deputy Editor of The Times, said: “The Cheltenham Literature Festival programme is unsurpassed it its breadth and depth. It’s not afraid to tackle controversial subjects and the quality of debate at its events is excellent. The Festival showcases and discusses the very best writing across all genres, from emerging novelists and literary giants, to remarkable researchers and outstanding journalists. It hosts wonderful study days where people can immerse themselves in challenging topics such as philosophy or psychology, but visitors can also enjoy lighter events like themed lunches, or animated talks. No matter what type of event a Cheltenham visitor chooses, they can rest assured that it will have been programmed in an imaginative and quality way.”

James Naughtie, BBCR4 Presenter, said: “The lovely thing about Cheltenham is that it’s a literary festival that works. You meet old friends and, more to the point, you meet new friends. You hear things that are interesting and intriguing and moving and humane and funny, and that’s what books are all about and its fantastic to celebrate that.”