First look at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2021 line-up

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is set to return at full capacity in 2021 – with this year’s line-up featuring Hollywood stars, musicians, authors, comedians, DJs, politicians and drag artists.

With Cheltenham Literature Festival set to make a spectacular return to the town this October 2021, the line-up for this year’s event has been revealed.

Taking place from Friday 8 to Sunday 17 October 2021, the festival will make a welcome return to full capacity events.

Some of the biggest names at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2021 include guest curator and Girl, Woman, Other author Bernardine Evaristo, Hollywood actress Joan Collins, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Bimini Bon-Boulash, trailblazing Skunk Anansie frontwoman Skin, comedian Josh Widdicombe, Countdown star Susie Dent, politician Ed Miliband and DJ Annie Mac.

There’s also Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, Pointless star Richard Osman, award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell and spoken-word artist Hollie McNish, alongside broadcaster Clare Balding, footballer Peter Schmeichel and children’s author Michael Rosen.

There’s plenty on offer for little ones too, with the jam-packed family programme including events with Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell bringing mayhem and magic to the festival, novelist Michael Morpurgo introducing his first new novel in two years, comedian Lenny Henry unveiling his first ever children’s book, Victoria Hislop with her children’s debut and poet Jonny Fluffypunk performing his new The End of the Pier Show.

More names are due to be announced later this summer, including the Read The World programme – with the full 2021 line-up set to be revealed on Thursday 12 August 2021.

Tickets for Cheltenham Literature Festival go on sale to members on Friday 3 September 2021 and the general public on Friday 10 September 2021.

For more information, or to book tickets, visit

By Chloe Gorman

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Tuesday 29 June 2021

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