Get Read-y For The Cheltenham Literature Festival



Book lovers of all ages will be heading to Cheltenham this October for the UK’s oldest and one of its biggest literature festivals this autumn

Literature fans are set to flock to Gloucestershire for ten days of literary celebration, discussion and debate at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. An entire Festival Village is set to come together in the heart of Regency Cheltenham, complete with food, drink, live performances and free activities.  With around 1000 speakers taking part in over 550 events and literary happenings, with the festival theme of Who Do We Think We Are? asking key questions about British identity, the event is a must-visit for anyone with a penchant for the pen.

The diverse programme covers history, current affairs, visual art, sport, food, fashion, lifestyle, psychology, science and business as well as fiction, poetry and more. Five guest curators will bring fresh perspectives and voices to the festival. They are: Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor; Sarah Moss, novelist, travel writer and academic; Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House; Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley; and Nikesh Shukla, author, editor and campaigner.


As well as the revamped Festival Village, a series of themed events and fine dining will take place in The Daffodil, a sumptuous art deco venue, along with free after-hours comedy, spoken word and music.

With award-winning chefs Tom Kerridge, Claridge’s Martyn Nail and Scott Hallsworth also set to attend, there will be a tantalising foodie selection on offer. Festival goers can enjoy a gastronomic global adventure from Britain to Peru, Spain, Pakistan and Mexico with Nadiya Hussain, Thomasina Miers, Jose Pizarro, Martin Morales, Sumayya Usmani and rising star Lopè Ariyo, who will present a mouth-watering evening celebrating the best of Nigerian cuisine and culture.


To help quench thirst, Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley are on hand to recommend the most delicious cocktails to drink in every continent, Tim Atkin on the British wines leading the market, and Victoria Moore shares tips from The Wine Dine Dictionary. And if that’s not quite enough, Miles Jupp’s alter-ego Damien Trench – BBC Radio 4’s comedy In and Out of the Kitchen – will be sharing his favourite recipes from his new memoir, Eggs and Soldiers.

The Festival Village will host over 550 events over 10 days, including live performances, foodie delights, activities and the biggest names in books, stage and screen – meaning there really is something for everyone at the UK’s oldest and most prestigious literature festival.

Make it happen
When: 6 – 15 October 2017
Where: Gloucester Rd, Cheltenham GL51 0ST
Tickets: Free to attend

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