Literature 14: More Names Revealed

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“We understand our world through stories,” writes Shami Chakrabarti, about her understanding of what literature is all about. Together with Amit Chaudhuri, Omid Djalili, Sophie Hannah and Michael Rosen, Shami will take on the role as Guest Director for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that will take over the town centre between October 3 and October 12 2014.

It’s an honour to be invited to be a guest director for the Festival, which is surely one of the most beloved of English institutions.

Amit Chaudhuri, Guest Director

Amit Chaudhuri: “It’s an honour to be invited to be a guest director for the Festival, which is surely one of the most beloved of English institutions. I’m excited to have the opportunity to both involve writers I admire and to initiate discussions on themes that really interest me, from Indian reworkings of Shakespeare to assessing whether or not the ‘idea of India’ has run out of steam.”

Yesterday we tempted you with some of the brilliant participants that we will be welcoming to Cheltenham this year. But there are more treats to follow! Although our full programme will not be released until early August, you can certainly already look forward to these inspiring authors and speakers.

Award winning novelist Salman Rushdie, known for his provocative and enlightening works Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses, as well as Canadian author of the dystopian novels Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood.

Moreover, we are delighted that Mark Haddon will be discussing the unprecedented success of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and David Nicholls (One Day) will present his latest novel Us. We also welcome Nathan Filer, whose book The Shock of the Fall touched countless readers. Speaking about his Patrick Melrose series which embodies upper class struggles with drugs, alcohol and grief, Edward St Aubyn will also be a guest at Cheltenham.

Celebrating the release of his new work The Bone Clocks released just ahead of the Festival, David Mitchell, author of the bestseller Cloud Atlas which was transformed into a smash hit film, will also be one on your must-see list. Other exciting names include crime writers Ian Rankin, who created the iconic Inspector Rebus and will present his short story collection The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories, as well as Val McDermid and Charles Cumming.

Having written novels such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Thief of Time and A History of Loneliness, John Boyne’s works appeal to many generations of fiction-lovers and will be joining us for our discussion panel Fiction at 6.


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Names confirmed so far:

Guest Directors

Omid Djalili Shami Chakrabarti Amit Chaudhuri Sophie Hannah


Martin Amis Antonia Fraser Doreen Lawrence Grayson Perry
Margaret Atwood Patrick French Damian Lewis Ian Rankin
Simon Barnes Rebecca Front James Lovelock Gen David Richards
Mary Beard Bill Granger Neil MacGregor Andrew Roberts
Harrison Birtwistle Charlotte Green Ben Macintyre Salman Rushdie
Heston Blumenthal Susan Greenfield Sally Magnusson Sathnam Sanghera
Geoffrey Boycott Mark Haddon Hilary Mantel Simon Schama
Kevin Bridges Sheila Hancock Helen McCrory Mike Scott
John Browne Emma Healey Andrew Marr Edward St Aubyn
Tanya Byron Kazuo Ishiguro Ian McEwan John Lewis-Stempel
Sol Campbell Howard Jacobson Andrew Mitchell Hew Strachan
Gillian Clarke Hilly Janes David Mitchell Gareth Thomas
Martin Creed Rachel Johnson George Monbiot Alan Titchmarsh
Richard Curtis Stanley Johnson Caitlin Moran Colm Tóibín
Jenny Éclair Tom Kerridge Stephen Moss Rose Tremain
Ranulph Fiennes Naomi Klein David Nicholls Sarah Waters
Nathan Filer David Kynaston Yotam Ottolenghi Rowan Williams
Richard Ford Christina Lamb Nicholas Parsons Jonathan Yeo
Liam Fox

Family Programme Guest Director

Michael Rosen

Family Programme Speakers

Malorie Blackman Lauren Child Charlie Higson Dav Pilkey
John Boyne Judith Kerr Jacqueline Wilson
Anthony Browne Cressida Cowell Michael Morpurgo Henry Winkler