Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019 – highlights

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is the world’s oldest literary festival and this year celebrates it’s 70th anniversary. It takes place from today 4th October, and runs until 10th October.

Here’s a full list of guest speakers.

COLM TÓIBÍN | CELESTE NG | DAVID CAMERON | TAN FRANCE | NADIYA HUSSAIN | IAN MCEWAN

BERNARDINE EVARISTO | CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS | DAVID LAMMY | TOM KERRIDGE | ESTHER FREUD

HELENA BONHAM CARTER | ALI SMITH | ROB BRYDON | CHIMENE SULEYMAN | ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER DAVID BADDIEL | BELLA MACKIE | JORDAN STEPHENS | SCARLETT CURTIS | SEBASTIAN FAULKS

SAM WARBUTON | TAI SHANI | RICHARD DAWKINS | TOM HOLLAND | DOM JOLY | STEVE BACKSHALL

CRESSIDA COWELL | MALORIE BLACKMAN | KONNIE HUQ | PAUL WHITEHOUSE | BOB MORTIMER

ANDREW RIDGELEY | LOUIS THEROUX | DAVID SUCHET | ALASTAIR COOK | ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

KATY BRAND | PAUL MERTON | KERRY HUDSON | TRACY CHEVALIER | ROBERT HARRIS | MARY BEARD

HERMAN KOCH | HOWARD JACOBSON | JACKIE KAY | ROB AUTON | PAUL MULDOON | THERESA LOLA

EMILY MAITLIS | GINA MARTIN | JOHN HUMPHRYS | SIMON SCHAMA | RORY STEWART | JESS PHILLIPS

SOPHIA JANSSON | CARRIE GRACIE | CAROLINE CRIADO PEREZ | VALENTINE WARNER | YASMIN KHAN LEVISON WOOD | HANNAH WITTON | CANDY GOURLAY | DOUGIE POYNTER | DANNY WALLACE

KES GRAY & JIM FIELD | JUNO DAWSON | HOLLY BOURNE | MICHAEL ROSEN | DERMOT O’LEARY

With Guest Curators: MAX PORTER, YOMI ADEGOKE & ELIZABETH UVIEBINENÉ | DOMINIC SANDBROOK

TESSA HADLEY | ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU | LESLIE VINJAMURI | ROBIN STEVEN

The full programme is available here.

There will be a whole host of events covering fiction, classic literature,  stage and screen, poetry, spoken word and off the page, current affairs, history and ancient world, food and drink, lifestyle, sport, art and design, faith and philosophy, science, nature, travel and adventure, pyschology, family and eductation and year-round outreach.

There will be special 70th anniversary celebrations and events including ‘Celebrate with…’ when seven authors discuss their breakout book and literature festivals around the world have joined in by bringing their leading authors to the festival.

It sounds like a fantastic event. Do let me know if you are lucky enough to go.

You can follow the Festival on Twitter to keep up to date with events @cheltlitfest. 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds fab! I’d love to hear Dawkins or Beard speak, but there’s one name on there I’d avoid like the plague!!!!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. janetemson says:

      Yes, I’d probably be avoiding the same person 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Liz says:

    Wow, what an epic line up!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. janetemson says:

      It is impressive!

      Liked by 1 person

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