Cheltenham Literature Festival

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Cheltenham Literature Festival (often referred to as The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, due to the newspaper involvement) is one of the four festival run under the Cheltenham Festival umbrella organisation.

Vibe

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival welcomes over 600 of the world's finest creative and political minds in 10 days of thought-provoking discussion and debate.

At its heart the Festival celebrates the power of the written word, and the pure joy of discovering a new favourite book.

The Festival offers an opportunity to see some of the country’s most popular personalities in intimate and exclusive events.

Lineup

This year's festival is bigger and more exiting than ever before, with a broad range of speakers as diverse as Kofi Annan, Roger Moore and Victoria Pendleton, as well as writing workshops, the children's festival Book It! and broadcasts with BBC Radio 4 and Sky Arts.

2012 Highlights

Now in its 63rd year, Cheltenham welcomes an extraordinarily varied line-up of writers, actors, poets and politicians including Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan, screen icon Roger Moore, author Ian McEwan and exploring legend Michael Palin.

Inspired by the theme People:Power the programme is a feast of debate, discussion and entertainment – led by three outstanding Guest Directors: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, journalist and writer Joan Bakewell and historian Peter Hennessy.

Some of the country’s most celebrated writers will be revealing their latest books including Man Booker prize winners Ian McEwan, Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie; best-selling authors Sebastian Faulks, Paul Auster, Mark Haddon, Iain Banks and Alexander McCall Smith; and popular crime writers PD James, Val McDermid, Kathy Reichs and Ian Rankin.

For younger readers, Book It! offers fun, exciting and surprising events every day of the Festival. Fireman Sam, Peter Rabbit, Elmer and Spot will all be making appearances alongside outstanding children’s authors Jacqueline Wilson, Terry Pratchett, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer and Judith Kerr.

Festival-goers can go behind the scenes of some outstanding TV dramas with a look back at Olympic comedy Twenty Twelve, a focus on the Women of Downton Abbey and an insider’s view of Poirot from David Suchet himself; meet home and garden gurus Nigella Lawson, Kevin McCloud, Kirstie Allsopp and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; and discover secrets of the stage and screen with actors Rupert Everett, Stephen Mangan, Tom Hollander, Christopher Eccleston, Jenny Agutter and Ruthie Henshall.

Tickets

Tickets are available via the official website as well as via phone on 0844 880 8094

Children

Book It! is the festival within a festival for families and young readers of all ages, for more information on this great event, click here

Disability Access

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Weather

As is always the case with this that time in the UK, it's always advisable to bring a brolly! The average highs for that time of year is 13.6C and the average lows are around 6.6C.

Location

The event is heald at Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square (GL50 1QA) and Montpellier Gardens (GL50 1UD)

Local Information

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Trivia

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Past lineups

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