Set to delight literature lovers from across the county and beyond, the first names for The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018 have been released, with this year’s theme announced as East Meets West.
Running from Friday 5 to Sunday 14 October 2018, the renowned literary festival will welcome more than 1,000 of the world’s finest writers, politicians, poets and performers gather in Cheltenham to celebrate the written and spoken word.
Covering everything from fiction, poetry and current affairs to food, nature and sport, the festival offers a programme for all interests and ages, with a dedicated children’s and young adult programme too.
Fiction highlights include the author of smash-hit success Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman; best-loved novelist Kate Atkinson; television personality Graham Norton who'll discuss his new novel A Keeper; and William Boyd.
Moving to stage and screen there’s the chance to see living legend Sir David Attenborough; Strictly Come Dancing judge and former ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell; Double Oscar-winning actress Sally Field; and founding member of Monty Python, Eric Idle.
Children will also be well catered for thanks to a whole host of exciting events with all-time favourite authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Phillip Pullman, and Anthony Horowitz.
Meanwhile, foodies can see a host of culinary stars such as Prue Leith; debut food writer Nargisse Benkabbou; and The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein. For sports fans, highlights include cricketer Shane Warne; former football player Kevin Keegan; and Sir Chris Hoy, discussing his invaluable manual How To Ride a Bike.
With plenty of other names from poetry, history, current affairs, and other areas, this year’s line-up looks set to deliver another outstanding festival.
The full 2018 line-up is set to be released on Friday 17 August 2018.
For more information call (01242) 850270 or visit cheltenhamfestivals.com directly.
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