The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
"We are not shy about controversial topics, prompting fresh and lively discussion. Our hope is that visitors arrive curious and leave inspired"
For culture lovers, there’s really only one place to be this autumn and that’s The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. Running from Friday till Sunday, October 2-11 the Festival boasts speakers as diverse as Ronnie Wood, Martha Lane Fox, Matthew Bourne, George the Poet, Garry Kasparov, Jeanette Winterson, Nick Clegg, Nigel Mansell, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Nick Frost, Nigella Lawson, Bill Bryson and Gino D’Acampo.
Six past Booker Prize winners will appear (including double winner Peter Carey) as well as all of the 2015 finalists. Three Pulitzer Prize winners will also speak, as will Costa Award and Wellcome Book Prize winners.
In its spectacular programme of more than 500 events, the Festival will touch upon subjects as diverse as history, politics, sport, food and fashion. The theme of this year’s Festival is Defining Moments: the pivotal occurrences that conclusively alter life as we know it, be they global, cultural, social or personal. We examine not only historic turning points but also consider the Defining Moments the future might bring and the challenges ahead.
Baroness Gail Rebuck, Chair of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival said: "We are passionate about curating unique events featuring imaginative and surprising pairings; unusual meetings between thinkers and writers that can only be found during the ten extraordinary days at Cheltenham.
"We are not shy about tackling controversial topics, prompting fresh and lively discussion. Our hope is that visitors arrive curious and leave inspired."
This year’s Guest Directors are Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Jane Smiley; socially motivated spoken word artist George the Poet; multi-award winning Australian novelist (author of The Slap) Christos Tsiolkas; and German author and founder of The European magazine Alexander Görlach
The wonderfully popular Book It! family programme also returns this year with an enviable programme featuring the world’s most-popular authors for children and young people, including an event which sees current and former Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen speaking together, as well as talks from David Almond, Patrick Ness, Lauren Child, Julia Donaldson, Sandi Toksvig and Julian Clary. For young adults, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Millie Mackintosh will also be doing events.
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