This year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from Friday 8th October to Sunday 17 October.
This year’s theme is Read the World. The festival will explore key issues of the day from a range of different perspectives and with the aim of understanding more about cultural norms from around the globe. These Read the World events will be broadcast as part of the Festivals daily highlights programme on the Cheltenham Festivals You Tube channel.
You can find out more about the virtual events here.
Cheltenham Literature Festival hosted the world’s first literature festival in 1949, leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word. It has also inspired over 9,000 school children with a love of books through its Literature for Schools programme.
Cheltenham Literature Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals – a charity that delivers a year-round educational programme culminating in four Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals.
The Festival has an accompanying year-round programme of education and talent development outreach including its flagship Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils project which has rolled out nationally, enabling teachers and their pupils to rediscover the joy of reading. The other programmes include: the award-winning Beyond Words, a creative writing project working with vulnerable young people unable to access mainstream education in Gloucestershire, Words That Burn, a national human rights poetry project created in partnership with Amnesty International and Write Now, a unique mentoring, workshop and networking project that nurtures young people’s creative writing abilities.
This year sees a whole host of events, ranging from the forensics of Agatha Christie’s novels, crime from around the world, history, food, travel, poetry and spoken word, art, sport, faith, philosophy, fashion, psychology, science, nature and business. There will be an event to suit any reader.
Authors and speakers include:
Janice Hallett (You can read my review of The Appeal here)
Catriona Ward (You can read my review of The Last House on Needless Street here)
Claire Fuller (You can read my Q&A with Claire here)
There really should be something for everyone and many panels will be available online.
You can read the full programme here and find out ways to book.
I had hoped to read Rabbit Hole by Mark Billingham, who appears on Sunday 10th October at 6pm, to celebrate the festival but unfortunately my copy didn’t arrive in time for me to finish it. However I will review it soon and instead up next I have a review of Crooked House by Agatha Christie, who had a panel devoted to her yesterday. There is also my review of Janice Hallet’s The Appeal which appeared yesterday on my blog. Janice appears at the festival on Friday 15th October at 4pm.