Cheltenham Literature Festival: This week’s highlights

Tens of thousands of book-lovers of all ages, headed to Cheltenham this week for the UK’s oldest literature festival, to enjoy literary celebration, discussion and debate. With over 450 events and close to 1000 speakers, the diverse programme covers fiction, literature, poetry alongside history, current affairs, art, sport, food, fashion, lifestyle, psychology, science and business, as well as a packed family programme with events for toddlers to teens.

The Festival’s first week got off to a flying start. Inspiring talks David Attenborough, Graham Norton, Mary Beard, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Scarlett Curtis and Sebastian Faulks were among the highlights, as well fantastic foodie events with Nadiya Hussain, John Torode and Diana Henry.

Cheltenham’s East Meets West theme has also been discussed extensively, ranging from talks on Studio Ghibli’s ability to transcend language and inspire all ages, the misunderstood art form of the Haiku as well as ideas on the Japanese Garden, The Chinese Economy, and the culture of Japanese whiskey and spirits.

The family programme has been a fantastic success this year, featuring talks from beloved children’s authors Anthony Horowitz, Emma Carroll, Jessie Burton, Michael Morpurgo, as well as the award winning YA partnership Sarah Crossnan and Brian Conaghan.

This weekend another raft of remarkable writers, speakers and thinkers will be attending the festival, including Sally Fields, Lenny Henry, Richard Curtis, Francis Fukuyama, Sally Rooney and Eric Idle. 

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