For lovers of all things lifestyle, what could be better than a trip to this year's Literature Festival, which is chock full of authors, critics and contributors who love it too! With a unique East meets West theme, this year's line-up has added dazzle with some talks of Eastern Influence including a look at Japanese Gardens. Here's a round-up of this year's events...


The Pool Party

Date: Saturday 6th October 2018 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

Join three inspirational writers from The Pool, an online site for women, as they talk about their three new books. Yomi Adegoke talks about the guide for Black women “Slay In Your Lane”, dating columnist for Style Dolly Alederton with her memoir “Everything I Know About Love” which tells about her ambitious and energetic 20’s, and Poorna Bell with “Chase the Rainbow”, who talks about the suicide of her husband and finds out just why he killed himself.

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Yomi Adegoke, Dolly Alderton, Poorna Bell (Image: Amber Rose)


Susan Calman

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location:Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA

The Strictly Come Dancing contestant is dancing her way into the Literature festival this year and she will be talking to Fi Glover about her book “Sunny Side Up”. She delivers behind the scenes glimpses into Strictly Come Dancing, how she fell in love and also about her battling her depression.

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Susan Calman


Geof Dyer: Cheltenham to California

Date: Sunday 7 October 2018 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

Local born Geof Dyer returns back to Cheltenham to discuss his new book “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy: On Where Eagles Dare” and to also discuss a range of topics relating to landscape and the countries across the other side of the Earth.

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Geoff Dyer: Cheltenham To California


Serene Beauty: The Japanese Garden

Date: Monday 8 October 20186:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: The Sunday Times Garden Theatre, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

Have a glimpse into the sacred craft and art form that is transforming gardens, hotels and restaurant grounds alike. There will be talks from Bruce Ginsberg, Graham Hardman and Robert Ketchell about the appeal these gardens have and what connection and representation they have to Japanese culture, art and history.

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Serene Beauty: The Japanese Garden

Image: Pamela J. Eisenberg


Knackered Mums' Night Out

Date: Monday 8 October 2018 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

Join Vlogger Emma Conway, TV presenter Amy Nickell and The Pool’s Up With The Kids columnist Robyn Wilder as they discussing maintaining your identity and the imperfect path about how to be a mother.

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Knackered Mums' Night Out


Last Wishes

Date: Tuesday 9 October 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Location: The Huddle, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

A talk on funeral planning to demystify all the questions that surround the undertaking business, hosted by Fran Glover and Carrie Weekes.

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Last Wishes

Fran Glover, Carrie Weekes (Image: anaturalundertaking.co.uk)


Death Cleaning

Date: Tuesday 9 October 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: The Inkpot, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

How to clean out all you or your loved ones possessions before and possibly after death. Margareta Magnusson and Susannah Walker discuss how to deal with nostalgia and grief when cleaning out the possessions of a loved one and how to deal with all the ups and downs that come with chucking possessions away.

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Death Cleaning


Alan Johnson’s Jukebox

Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

Alan Johnson’s new book “In My Life” has a twist on the usual content someone would see in an autobiography. It explores his musical memories and covers all the popular bands from the 1950’s up to today’s musical genres. Expressing his love for The Beatles through to Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, Johnson takes you on his favourite music of all time.

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Alan Johnson's Jukebox


Homes Of The Bloomsbury Group

Date: Tuesday 9 October 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: The Sunday Times Garden Theatre, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

Talk to the descendants of some of the members involved with Bloomsbury Group and the interiors in which their ancestors created and devised. It is also accompanied by illustrations which are found in “Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden” and “Rooms of their Own”

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Death Café

Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: The Huddle, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

An informal talk about the ending of your life and how you can stay in charge when planning. This talk is hosted by Fran Glover and Carrie Weekes.

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Robert Crampton’s Quiz Night

Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Location: The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

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Robert Crampton's Quiz Night

Image: Johnny Ring


Ultimate Autumn Style with Anna Murphy

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: The Lucky Onion’s131, The Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1NW

Get inspiration for your autumn wardrobe this year with Anna Murphy, Fashion director for The Times, and Prue white, Editor for Style magazine, as they look through the latest trends and tips.

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Anna Murphy

Image: Sarah Cresswell


Beauty Salon At No. 131

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: The Lucky Onion’s No. 131, The Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1NW

Two talks about how to keep looking younger by being good on the inside and what are some of the most influential products in today’s market and which of the hyped up products are the best bet for different skin types.

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Beauty Salon


Ana Murphy: The Clothes We Stand Up In

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: The Sunday Times Garden Theatre, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

What fashions women wear and the messages that are conveyed through the clothes you choose.

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The Poetry Pharmacy: Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Location: Town Hall, Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA

Powerful poems by William Sieghart as he helps people combat loneliness, heartbreak, lack of courage and hopelessness. Having toured Britain he is now taking his book of poems and talking about the project that created his book and gives extracts from the book.

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The Poetry Pharmacy: Prescriptions For The Heart, Mind And Soul


Monty Don’s Paradise Garden

Date: Thursday 11 October 2018 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Location: The Sunday Times Garden Theatre, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore discuss the beauty and eloquent Islamic Paradise Gardens and celebrating what makes an Islamic Paradise Garden an Islamic Paradise Garden.

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Monty Don's Paradise Gardens

Image: David Henderson


Why Learn a Language?

Date: Thursday 11 October 2018 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: The Inkpot, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

Latest research on learning a language and what benefits it has on the brain.

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Why Learn A Language?

Rosie Goldsmith (Image: Daniel Mordzinski), Thomas Bak


How To Make The Most Of Your Garden

Date: Friday 12 October 2018 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

Hear a talk from BBC Two’s Gardener’s World presenter Nick Bailey and garden designer Jo Thompson to see how you can maximise your garden space and gain valuable tricks and tips.

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Millennial Magick

Date: Friday 12 October 2018 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: The Hive, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

Discussion on how millennials are turning to moon phases, spells and shamanism instead of religion to help them with modern hectic life.

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Millennial Magick


Create A Career That Works For You

Date: Saturday 13 October 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: The Inkpot, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50

Discuss new and exciting ways to get what you would like from the careers you’ve been in with Emma Gannon and Otegha Uwagba.

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Create A Career That Works For You

Emma Gannon (Image: Holly McGlynn), Otegha Uwagba


Tom Daley’s Life Hacks

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: The Daffodil, 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

Tom Daley shares on top tips on how to keep your wellbeing and energy levels at peak performance which range from daily stretching to detoxing or clean sleeping tips. He will also be discussing how to build up resilience and keep calm and focused.

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Tom Daley's Life Hacks


The Guilty Feminist

Date: Sunday 14 October 2018 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: Town Hall, Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA

A discussion on what the 21st century feminists agree on but also on how to be better at feminism, with comedian Deborah Frances-White.

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The Guilty Feminist


Please note, the booking links provided go through to the Cheltenham Festivals website which runs live booking. Ticketed events are limited, so it is possible that some of these events have now sold out.

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