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Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019: Our Top Picks

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019

The line-up has been announced for the 2019 Cheltenham Literature Festival with a dazzling array of literary talent including Ian McEwan, David Nicholls, Celeste Ng and Emily Maitlis among some of the big names in town. 

Tickets for the festival go on sale to Cheltenham Literature Festival members on Wednesday 28 August at 10:00am. Public booking opens on Wed 4 September at 10:00am.  The festival itself takes place in and around Cheltenham from 4 - 13 October 2019. 

Membership starts at £25 a year and provides priority booking to all events as well as a discount on ticket prices. for more details check out the Cheltenham Literature Festival website.

04
Oct

Max Porter on Lanny

Guest curator Max Porter delivers an immersive performance of his acclaimed new novel 'Lanny' with the musicians Alula Down.

Town Hall, Cheltenham

7:00 pm

10

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04
Oct

Sam Warburton on Open Side

Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby legend Sam Warburton talks about his revealing new autobiography, 'Open Side'.

The Times and The Sunday Times Forum, Cheltenham

6:30 pm

12

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04
Oct

Howard Jacobson on Live a Little

Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson joins Georgina Godwin to discuss 'Live a Little'.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

1:00 pm

10

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04
Oct

Richard Dawkins on Outgrowing God

The brilliant science writer and author of 'The God Delusion', Richard Dawkins talks about his new book 'Outgrowing God'.

The Times and The Sunday Times Forum, Cheltenham Festival

4:30 pm

10

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04
Oct

Elif Shafak in Conversation

Elif Shafak, author the Booker shortlisted '10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World', in conversation with Sam Baker.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

5:30 pm

8

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05
Oct

My Name is Why: Lemn Sissay in Conversation

British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay talks to Georgina Godwin about his courageous memoir 'My Name is Why'.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

6:00 pm

8

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05
Oct

David Nott: Surgery On The Frontline

David Nott is one of the UK's leading surgeons who has volunteered in some of the world's most horrific war zones over the past 20 years.

Town Hall, Cheltenham

11:00 am

10

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05
Oct

Emily Maitlis in Conversation

Broadcaster Emily Maitlis discusses her acclaimed memoir 'Airhead' with Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times.

Town Hall, Cheltenham

1:00 pm

12

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05
Oct

David Nicholls in Conversation

David Nicholls talks about his new bestseller 'Sweet Sorrow' in conversation with author Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Town Hall, Cheltenham

5:00 pm

10

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05
Oct

Kate Clanchy on Some Kids I Taught & What They Taught Me

Former teacher Kate Clanchy discusses her memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, a candid, funny and moving insight into life in British state schools today.

Town Hall, Cheltenham

8:00 pm

8

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05
Oct

Robin Stevens: Top Marks For Murder

Presenting her brilliant Murder Most Unladylike series, author and Guest Curator Robin Stevens shares tips on how to write a great mystery.

The Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

12:00 pm

6

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05
Oct

Celeste Ng in Conversation

Celeste Ng talks to Sam Baker about her latest bestseller, 'Little Fires Everywhere', soon to be adapted for the screen featuring Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts.

The Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

2:00 pm

10

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05
Oct

Robert Harris on The Second Sleep

Master storyteller Robert Harris returns with 'The Second Sleep', a novel set in Exmoor in 1648.

The Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

8:00 pm

10

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12
Oct

Ian McEwan on Machines Like Me

Bestselling author Ian McEwan discusses his latest novel, 'Machines Like Me', with Erica Wagner.

The Times and The Sunday Times Forum, Cheltenham

10:30 am

12

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12
Oct

Damien Barr on You Will Be Safe Here

Georgina Godwin talks to Damian Barr about his acclaimed South Africa-set debut novel 'You Will Be Safe Here'.

The Nook, Cheltenham

5:15 pm

8

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