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The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, 9-18 Oct
60th anniversary, 10 days, 10 guest directors, over 440 events.
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival returns from 9-18 October in a ten day 60th anniversary celebration. With its signature blend of award-winning writers, world-renowned thinkers and international star names the Festival has come a long way since its 9 events in 1949 – now attracting over 100,000 visitors to hundreds of events every year. At its heart the festival still rejoices in the joy of books, the thrill of debate and the unique interaction between writer and reader.
This year’s programme looks back over the last 60 years and questions what the future might bring: 10 Guest Directors will lead this exploration, with each programming a very special day of events. Poet Simon Armitage takes to the helm on the opening Friday, followed by theatre and film director Richard Eyre, national treasure Sandi Toksvig, prize-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, scientist and broadcaster Alice Roberts, celebrated Brick Lane author Monica Ali, frontline foreign correspondent Rageh Omaar, bestselling children’s writer and Alex Rider creator Anthony Horowitz, comedian Mark Watson and acclaimed novelist Jonathan Coe.
Guest names include David Mitchell and Robert Webb, Judi Dench, Sebastian Faulks, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Audrey Niffenegger, Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Richard Eyre, Justin Lee Collins, Alan Davies, Rich Hall, Al Murray, The Now Show, David Walliams, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, James Martin, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, James Cracknell and Ben Fogle.
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, 9-18 October 2009
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: 25/08/2009 22:13:38
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