The summer is over. Autumn has begun. You’re kicking your heels and missing those mid-day mojitos when a thought comes to you: ‘where can I see some of the world’s greatest talent all in the same place?’ The answer is at The 70th Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. The ten day long, annual festival is back this October, offering visitors a chance to meet and get inspired by over 900 writers, actors and politicians.
The world’s first literature festival – which Jacqueline Wilson refers to as ‘the very first proper literature festival I’ve ever been to, and definitely one of my all-time favourites’ – has been leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken world for 70 years. This year, don’t miss your chance to see David Cameron in conversation with Sophie Raworth; David Mitchell launch his new book, Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy; Westminster maverick Jess Phillips in conversation with Hugo Rifkind about her new book Truth to Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on B.S.; Loius Theroux reflecting on his his strangest TV experiences, with Hannah MacInnes; and many other sensational people including Scarlett Curtis, Sue Perkins, Paul Merton, Rob Brydon and Jenny Lister.
While some events are ticketed there are many activities at the festival which are free, including The Times Crossword Editor Richard Rogan taking guests through the mysteries of the day’s crossword puzzles. There’s also Cheltenham Writes, which sees five of the festival’s best local authors read from their books and talk about their experiences as writers.
It’s a family friendly day as much as anything else, so don’t be surprised if you bump into a gruffalo or your children get drafted into The Secret Seven Mystery Trail. Children will also have the opportunity to meet their favourite book characters at The Woodland Trust Wild, and get stuck into some arts & crafts at The Den.
4 – 13 October 2019
Festival Village, Montpellier Gardens, GL50 1UL and various locations in and around Cheltenham, including Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham College Chapel and Gloucester Cathedral.
For more information and tickets, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com
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