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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Cheltenham Literature Festival, Oct. 8-17

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival returns in a celebration of award-winning writers, world-renowned thinkers and international star names – with more than 450 events over the ten day Festival.

Once more the Festival welcomes a range of Guest Directors who have each programmed a dynamic series of events. Kevin McCloud explores architecture and design, Will Hutton investigates finance, China MiƩville shares the best of future fiction, Mary Beard brings to life ancient Greece and Rome and Owen Sheers puts poetry centre-stage.

Welcoming over 2,000 literary lovers for each event, the Centaur Series on the opening weekend promises some of the biggest names in popular culture and current affairs – including Armstrong & Miller, Peter Mandelson, Stephen Hawking, Graham Norton and Hollywood superstar Michael Caine.

At its heart the Festival rejoices in the joy of books, the thrill of debate and the unique interaction between writer and reader and this year welcomes some true literary legends. Salman Rushdie, A S Byatt, Jostein Gaarder, Philip Pullman and Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend all feature, amongst many others!

A host of small screen stars will also flock to Cheltenham this October - Dawn French, Gok Wan, Chris Evans, Kirstie Allsopp, Dom Joly and Harry Hill are just a few of the big names to spot; alongside our series celebrating culinary genius, with Nigella Lawson, Antonio Carluccio and Saturday Kitchen regular Olly Smith – a truly tasty line-up!

Also, don’t forget Book It! – the festival for younger readers at the heart of the programme with fun, exciting and surprising events every day of the Festival.

Please join us on 8-17 October 2010 - the full programme is now available to book online.  For all details and bookings, visit: 

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