Cheltenham Literature Festival has just announced the star-studded line-up for this year's event, with a whole host of bestselling authors, famous faces and celebrity chefs coming to the Regency town this October 2022.
Literary legend Stephen King is this year's recipient of The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, with the worldwide bestselling author joining the festival via video link from his home in the USA.
Award-winning actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci discusses food and life; Davina McCall talks to Dr Naomi Potter and author Christie Watson about the menopause, how to navigate misinformation and empower women to make choices about their bodies; Richard Osman discusses the third book in his Thursday Murder Club series; and Graham Norton talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new novel Forever Home.
Foodies are absolutely spoiled for choice. SoGlos is proud to be sponsoring Jane Garvey and Fi Glover's chat with Jamie Oliver, with Mary Berry, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Heston Blumenthal, Nadiya Hussain and the Hairy Bikers all on the programme, plus Sophie Ellis-Bextor and husband Richard Jones hosting a three-course kitchen disco, too.
Strictly star Anton Du Beke talks about his latest novel We'll Meet Again; Rylan spills the tea discussing his book Ten: The Decade that Changed my Future; Countdown star Susie Dent presents the words you didn't know you needed; author Dolly Alderton reveals her favourite Dear Dolly agony aunt letters from her Sunday Times Style column; and author and former children's laureate Malorie Blackman tells her own story, discussing the highs and lows that shaped her illustrious career.
Music fans can see legendary songwriter Nick Cave in conversation with friend, co-author and Observer journalist Sean O'Hagan; and U2 frontman Bono discussing his memoir Surrender, which tells the story of his life from growing up in Dublin to becoming one of the world's most influential rock stars and activists.
Tuesday 11 October 2022 is Ukraine Day, with a series of events co-curated with The International Book Arsenal Festival, Kyiv.
Families have an incredible line-up to look forward to as well, as Cheltenham Ladies' College alumnus Robin Stevens launches her brand-new book series, the Ministry of Unladylike Activity; national treasure Lenny Henry introduces his new story The Book of Legends; and previous Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell talks about How To Train Your Dragon, her Wizards of Once series and her new adventure, Which Way to Anywhere.
The 2022 festival boasts over 500 events bringing more than 1,000 authors and speakers to the town, with this year's event also seeing VOICEBOX return to the Festival Village, with a varied programme dedicated to showcasing young voices, local talent and the topics that matter to young people today; while the infamous Lit Crawl celebrates its seventh year, bringing literary-themed pop-up events to locations across town, from record stores and tattoo parlours to art galleries.
Tickets for Cheltenham Literature Festival go on sale to members on Wednesday 31 August 2022 and on general sale on Wednesday 7 September 2022.