Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is back with a star-studded line-up this October 2022 - with over 500 events and 1,000 guest speakers making for a celebration of literature like no other.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published

The world’s oldest literature festival is back this autumn as Cheltenham Literature Festival takes place from Friday 7 until Sunday 16 October 2022. 

This year's festival features an incredible line-up, with literary legends, celebrity chefs, Hollywood film stars, TV personalities and world-famous musicians all taking to the stage, as well as the return of the popular VOICEBOX at the Festival Village and the infamous Lit Crawl - with SoGlos handpicking just some of the festival's many highlights...

Bestselling authors at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022

The recipient of this year's The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence and bestselling author the world over, Stephen King ​joins the lit fest by video link from his home in the USA on Saturday 8 October 2022, reflecting on his incredible career and giving fans a rare opportunity to hear him speak live.

Ian McEwan discusses his new novel Lessons and how global events like climate change and the pandemic shape our lives on Saturday 8; Jessie Burton, author of the multi-million selling The Miniaturist is in conversation about her beguiling new novel The House of Fortune on Monday 10; guest curator and author of the bestselling Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, talks about her new novel, while TS Eliot prize-winning Joelle Taylor takes to the stage with her powerful poetry collection, both on Thursday 13; worldwide bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin ​talks about his latest John Rebus thriller, and former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman ​reflects on her illustrious 30-year career and the events that shaped her own story on Saturday 15 October 2022. 

Film and television stars at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022

Hollywood star and filmmaker Stanley Tucci comes to Cheltenham on Friday 7, discussing food, life and how they intersect, giving the audience a taste of his exciting life from filming cocktail videos to making movies; queen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner Susie Dent teaches us the words we didn't know we needed on Saturday 8; Davina McCall talks all things menopause with Dr Naomi Potter and author Christie Watson on Sunday 9; Graham Norton talks about his new novel Forever Home, while Strictly star Anton Du Beke discusses his new book on Tuesday 11.

Rylan ​reflects on a decade in the spotlight with his new book Ten: The Decade that Changed my Future, and news anchor David Dimbleby shares his honest opinions on everything from politics to the monarchy on Thursday 13; Richard Osman is at the festival on Saturday 15 talking about the latest book in his hit Thursday Murder Club series; comedian Rob Delaney opens up about his son's death while discussing his book A Heart That Works, actor Hugh Bonneville discusses his career on stage and screen, Love Island star Dr Alex George talks about mental health and positivity, while Alan Titchmarsh hosts Sunday lunch at The Daffodil on Sunday 16 October 2022. 

Celebrity chefs and first-class foodies at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022

Food fans have the chance to see Emma Freud chat to national treasure Mary Berry about her new book and television show Love to Cook on Saturday 8; SoGlos is proud to be sponsoring Jamie Oliver in conversation with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover for a live recording of their Radio 4 podcast Fortunately, ​where they'll be chatting about Jamie's new budget-conscious cookbook One: Simple One-Pan Wonders on Monday 10; and Delia Smith steps out of the kitchen to discuss the nature of existence and her new book You Matter: The Human Solution on Thursday 13. 

Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules shares the flavours of her home country with a two-course lunch on Saturday 8; Angela Hartnett shares the secrets to hosting stress-free dinner parties over a three-course meal on Sunday 9; River Cottage's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talks comfort food, while Thomasina Miers discusses the seasonal flavours of Mexico over a two-course lunch on Tuesday 11; darling of The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain, hosts a very special afternoon tea on Thursday 13; the pioneer of multi-sensory cooking, Heston Blumenthal, chats about his career highlights and his new release Is This a Cookbook?  While Hairy Biker Si King talks to Ruth Davidson about baking in a live broadcast for her Times Radio show on Friday 14 October 2022. 

Musicians at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022

Former Spice Girl Mel C chats to Cathy Newman about her upcoming memoir Who I Am: My Story in a live recording of Times Radio show The Ladder on Friday 7; musical theatre star Michael Ball talks about his dramatic life and his debut novel The Empire on Wednesday 12; pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor and husband Richard Jones host a Kitchen Disco with a three-course dinner and drink, while legendary singer songwriter Nick Cave is in conversation with friend, co-author and Observer journalist Sean O'Hagan on Friday 14.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker shares stories from his new book Good Pop, Bad Pop about growing up in Sheffield and life before Britpop on Saturday 15; while Bono discusses his memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, documenting his life so far from his childhood in Dublin, his mother's sudden death, becoming the frontman of U2 and his 20 years of activism on Sunday 16 October 2022.

Family events at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022

Award-winning performance poet and new Waterstones Children's Laureate, Joseph Coelho, performs for the very first time at Cheltenham Literature Festival, while former Cheltenham Ladies' College student and author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike books, Robin Stevens, presents her new series the Ministry of Unladylike Activity on Saturday 8; Emma Carroll and Lauren Child present a powerful feminist retelling of The Little Match Girl on Sunday 9; and illustrator Nick Sharratt invites kids to explore the eight super silly museums in his brand-new picture book on Saturday 15. 

Beloved children's author Michael Rosen shares his new picture book Goldilocks and the Three Crocodiles, former Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, ​talks about her new adventure Which Way To Anywhere, the How To Train Your Dragon movies and her hugely popular Wizards of Once book series, and Lenny Henry presents his brand-new story The Book of Legends on Sunday 16.

Guest curator The Week Junior ​hosts a free Global News Trail around the Festival Village, a talk sharing the secrets of how to write the perfect news report on Saturday 8 and a young journalists workshop on Saturday 15; artsy kids can try their hand at manga with an interactive drawing workshop from Tsunami Girl illustrator Chie Kutsuwada, while pantomime dame Mama G hosts a storytelling session for little book lovers on Sunday 9 October 2022.

Other names to look out for include Most Haunted's Yvette Fielding and politician Jeremy Hunt. There's plenty of free events taking place in the Festival Village, too. ​​​

Tickets for Cheltenham Literature Festival go on sale to Cheltenham Festivals members on Wednesday 31 August 2022 and on sale to the general public on Wednesday 7 September 2022. 


Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022


Various venues across Cheltenham


Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2022


Times vary per event


Prices vary per event


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