The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will take place this year 8 - 17 October 2021.
Still leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, the world’s first literature festival will Read the World, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers. The Festival’s pioneering mix of in-person and online events won it a coveted FutureBook 2020: Best Lockdown Event award and its Literature for Schools programme inspires a love of books in thousands of school children.
The first names have been revealed including Maggie O'Farrell, Colm Toibin, Joan Collins, Colson Whitehead, Ed Miliband, Ruby Wax, Ed Balls, Richard Dawkins, Bob Mortimer, Lenny Henry, Cressida Cowell and many more!
Booking for the Literature Festival opens to Cheltenham Festivals Members on Friday 3 September and general booking opens on Friday 10 September.
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What is the Cheltenham Literature Festival?
An annual ten day event which brings together some of the biggest names in publishing. Award-winning authors of fiction and non-fiction join poets, spoken word artists and new voices to delve into a range of topics including travel and adventure, food and drink, lifestyle, history, art and religion. Past guests have included David Cameron, Hillary Clinton and David Attenborough.
The schools and family programme features events to inspire and entertain. Past events have included draw-alongs, storytelling, facts, fiction and the prestigious CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) award for published poetry for children.
* Images show some of the speakers who have attended previous Cheltenham Literature Festivals including Hillary Clinton and David Cameron.
Further info & book: Cheltenhamfestivals.com / 0844 880 8094
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Cheltenham Town Hall and the Everyman Theatre are both located in Cheltenham town centre. There are plenty of council run car parks and privately run car parks in the town centre. For more information visit our Cheltenham parking page.
To avoid traffic, we recommend that you use Cheltenham’s Park & Ride service, this is located at Arle Court (GL51 6SY, near M5 Junction 11) and Cheltenham Racecourse (GL50 4SH). Parking is free, and the service runs every few minutes into the Town Centre; but please note that times vary on Sundays.
Please note: Park & Ride services are not operated by Cheltenham Festivals and do not drop off directly at Festival sites.
Public Transport Directions
Cheltenham Spa is well served by CrossCountry trains, including direct services from many mainline stations including Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Edinburgh. The railway station (GL51 8NP) is located approximately 1 mile from the town centre, and local buses depart into Cheltenham town centre every few minutes.
Stagecoach run regular services locally and to nearby town and villages – for route maps and timetables, visit stagecoachbus.com/cheltenham
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