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LITERATURE 2013: THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

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The full programme might not be released until early August, but we’ve exclusively revealed just some of the treats in store for October’s Literature Festival.

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THE TIMES CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL ADVANCE PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:

SPIEGELTENT

The fabulous Spiegeltent returns with a new, decadent series including lunch with Little Paris Kitchen’s Rachel Khoo, a burlesque Time for Tease, a Racing Preview from jump jockey turned novelist AP McCoy and vintage cocktails and a glamorous ‘20s soundtrack to accompany The Great Gatsby.

COMEDY

Laughs-a-plenty from Pointless quizmasters Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, master of the one-liner Tim Vine, salesman turned comedy star John Bishop, comedy queen Jennifer Saunders and wickedly witty funny-man Johnny Vegas.

STUDIO, STAGE AND SCREEN

Brian May, Dylan Jones and Midge Ure relive the excitement of Live Aid, Peep Show writers reveal the secrets of the long running series and David Mitchell hosts The Unbelievable Truth.

Kinks frontman Ray Davies will discuss his book Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: A Memoir, about America and how it shaped his life and music- from watching American films as a child, to touring there with The Kinks.

Renowned director and screenwriter Stephen Poliakoff discusses the power of television drama, Alison Steadman looks back on a stellar career, mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson share family anecdotes and Barry Norman looks back on a life of love and film.

FICTION

Terry Wogan joins an all-star panel for celebration of PG Wodehouse in Words and Music, we’ve historical fiction from The White Queen’s Philippa Gregory, the long awaited Bridget Jones follow up from Helen Fielding, Sebastian Faulks, author of our 2013 Big Read, Birdsong, and shortlisted writers from the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2013.

Plus, we’ll be celebrating the work of debut novelists through our popular Fiction Focus and Proof Party series, and welcoming one of the world’s most celebrated dancers, Carlos Acosta to talk about his debut novel and life in dance.

POETRY

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres presents his debut poetry collection, Pam Ayres brings her unique brand of humorous verse and the Poetry Cafe returns.

LIFESTYLE

Popular Great British Bake-Off star Mary Berry shares the story behind her success, Members go on a Boutique Beer tour and The One Show’s Jay Rayner changes the way we shop, cook and eat forever.

SPORT

Matt Dawson takes on the history of the British and Irish Lions, we embrace a packed cricketing year with Ian Botham and David Gower, and snooker World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan talks to top sports psychiatrist Steve Peters in a Cheltenham exclusive.

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HISTORY & MILITARY HISTORY

Jeremy Paxman presents his vivid new history of World War I, whilst Kate Adie considers the role of women in the conflict and Max Hastings focuses on the first year of the Great War.

ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Sgt. Pepper designer Peter Blake considers his creative life, Members head off on a coach tour to William Morris’ Gloucestershire home and we welcome back Andrew Marr to ask Why do we Draw?

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Nick Robinson reports Live from Downing Street and Cath Kidston reveals the story of one of Britain’s best loved brands, TV Dragon Duncan Bannatyne tells his story in Riding the Storm, and economist Will Hutton and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne ask if the West can prosper in the Asian century.

FAMILY

The ever popular Book It! family festival returns with bestselling authors Julia Donaldson, Lauren Child and Tony Ross and much-loved characters Peppa Pig, Horrid Henry and Angelina Ballerina to name but a few!

We also have some very special family events with Michael Morpurgo, Neil Gaiman and Emma Thompson plus musician Cerys Mathews joins us for a grand old family singalong.

SCANDAL

Private Eye’s Ian Hislop recalls the stories behind the magazine’s bitingly funny cartoons, TV historian Lucy Worsley considers A Very British Murder and David Walsh recounts his 13 year battle to reveal the truth behind cyclist Lance Armstrong’s hollow victories.

GUEST DIRECTORS

Booker Prize Winning Possession author AS Byatt, former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson and anglophile journalist and commentator Agnes C Poirier bring their own special take to the Festival as its 2013 Guest Directors:
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EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEMBERS

Be the first to meet this year’s pick of upcoming authors and take home the proof editions in our exclusive Members’ Proofs Parties, featuring debut authors and their editors in a fascinating glimpse into the publishing industry. Includes goodybag! More

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