Former prime minister, comedy royalty and music legends on the bill at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2023

Cheltenham Literature Festival has announced the line-up for its 2023 event, featuring high-profile politicians like former prime minister Theresa May, Elton John's songwriter Bernie Taupin, comedy legend Michael Palin along with a whole host of bestselling authors, journalists and broadcasters.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Cheltenham Literature Festival's 2023 line-up features former prime minister Theresa May, former first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, comedian Matt Lucas, tennis legend Judy Murray, Bake Off star Nadia Hussain and more.

One of the highlights of the year in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Literature Festival is back from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October 2023 — and the line-up for this year's event has just been announced. 

A host of high-profile politicians are speaking this year, including former prime minister Theresa May; former foreign secretary and leader of the Conservative party, William Hague; Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; and former first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon

BBC News presenter, Clive MyrieChannel 4 News presenter, Cathy NewmanCountryfile presenters, Anita Rani and Helen Skelton; and wildlife presenter, naturalist and autism activist, Chris Packham are speaking at the event; while space enthusiasts have another chance to see astronaut, Tim Peake at his second Cheltenham Festivals appearance this year. 

Elton John's long-time songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, is coming to Cheltenham to promote his new memoir Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton and Me

The line-up also features comedy royalty, from actor, travel broadcaster and Monty Python legend, Michael Palin; star of cult comedy shows Bottom and The Young Ones, Adrian Edmondson; star of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Nick Frost; Peep Show and QI star, David Mitchell; actor, comedian and former Bake Off presenter, Matt Lucas and his partner-in-comedy, bestselling children's author David Walliams; to outspoken stand-up and political commentator Nish Kumar, who we're sure will have plenty to say about some of his fellow headliners. 

Everyone's favourite lexicologist Susie Dent shares more word-based wonders; sports fans can hear from world-famous tennis mum Judy Murray and Gloucester rugby legend, Danny Cipriani; mental health campaigner Ruby Wax talks wellness; supervet Noel Fitzpatrick shares his heart-warming new story; while foodies won't want to miss Bake Off darling and cookbook author Nadiya Hussaincookery writer Diana Henry; and chef Andi Oliver.

There's plenty of literary legends, too, with beloved children's author, Jaqueline Wilson; TV presenter and author of the popular Thursday Murder Club series, Richard Osman; children's laureate and performance poet, Joseph Coelho; bestselling author, classicist and comedian, Natalie Haynes; and Sunday Times bestselling author and podcast host, Emma Gannon all coming to the event in October, too. 

Tickets for this year's festival go on sale on Wednesday 6 September 2023.

To find out more, see Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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