Ion Trewin, former trustee for Cheltenham Literature Festival and Booker Prize Literary Director, has sadly passed away.
As well as being a dedicated member of Cheltenham’s Board for more than ten years, Ion devised the Festival’s incredibly popular Historical Booker Event which has been a firm festival favourite for over 20 years.
Jane Furze, Director of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, said: ‘Ion will be sadly missed by us all here at Cheltenham.
‘I know his loss will be keenly felt by the whole literary world and our heartfelt condolences go to Ion’s wife Sue, his children Simon and Maria, and his four grandchildren.
‘Ion was passionately committed to Cheltenham Literature Festival. He was a lovely person and an exemplary Board Member for many years, generously offering his wealth of experience, as well as bringing new ideas and an incredible enthusiasm to the Board.
‘Ion’s legacy will continue at Cheltenham through the Historical Booker event which he devised more than 20 years ago.’
Ion was diagnosed with untreatable cancer last October. He was determined to continue with his literary responsibilities for as long as possible and so continued his work with the current panel of Booker judges until now.
Ion’s working life was devoted to books and literature. He was the former Literary Editor of The Times, he then worked at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, as Publishing Director, Managing Director and finally Editor-in-Chief until his retirement in 2006.