Thursday, 9 October 2008

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

Where: various locations in Cheltenham, England

When: October 10th-19th, 2008

What: the famous festival is 59-years-old this year and the theme is family and how it shapes who we are. In this year’s literary line-up, truly literary icons, such as Toni Morrison, (who has won almost every major literary honour, including the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize) and Man Booker Prize winners rub shoulders with the finest classically trained actors, whilst top class comedians appear alongside leading political figures. With more than 450 writers and over 350 events this promises to be an exhilarating ten day celebration of the written word. There is also an extensive children's and family program, and Creative Writing sessions for writers.

Who else?: Attenborough, Louis de Bernieres, Charley Boorman, William Boyd, Menzies Campbell, Dan Cruickshank, Jonathan Dimbleby, Monty Don, Michael Frayn, Susan Greenfield, David Guterson, Michael Holroyd, Jeremy Isaacs, James Kelman, David Lodge, Ben Macintyre, Alexander McCall Smith, Roger Moore, Kate Muir, Julia Neuberger, Chris Patten, Tom Paulin, John Prescott, Ruth Rendell, Simon Schama, Asne Seierstad, Anita Shreve, Rick Stein, Eoin Colfer, Julia Donaldson, Charlie Higson, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson. Many, many more.

Website: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

Cost: tickets for individual events - from £4 upwards.

Tel: 01242 227979

Click here to read the View From Here feature with local bookseller, Peter Lyons


Video below of Toni Morrison's recent Time interview.

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