#cheltlitfest 2015: Defining Moments

More names revealed for #cheltlitfest 2015

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We announced the first #cheltlitfest 2015 names yesterday, here’s a few more to whet your literary appetites…

John Banville, Julian Barnes, Anne Enright, and Peter Carey bring the total number of Booker Prize winners speaking at the Festival to an impressive six (Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie announced yesterday).

Peter Carey will be at the Festival to receive The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which was last year presented to Kazuo Ishiguro in a completely sold out Town Hall event.

Patrick Gale, author of A Perfectly Good Man, will also be appearing, as will The Time Traveller’s Wife author Audrey Niffenegger and Whitbread Prize-winning Jeanette Winterson.

Once again, Cheltenham will also be celebrating debut writers and this year’s Festival will see talks from rising stars including Laura Barnett, Claire Fuller, Julia Rochester, Sarah Leipciger, Francesca Haig and Helena Coggan.

Rapper George the Poet has already been announced as a Guest Director and he heads up an incredibly strong poetry strand, which includes talks from Les Murray, Oxford’s new professor of poetry Simon Armitage, Paul Muldoon and Wendy Cope.

Non-fiction names newly announced today include Robert Macfarlane with his recent bestseller Landmarks and Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro talking about 1606; the year of King Lear, Macbeth, and Anthony and Cleopatra. Historians Robert Tombs and Ian Kershaw also join the line-up.

Nigel Lawson will join Gus O’Donnell and Alistair Darling to explain ‘How to Write a Budget’ and James Rubin, former US Assistant Secretary of State will talk about the Cold War.

Celebrated choreographer Matthew Bourne will talk about his incredible life in dance and West End star and online sensation Carrie Hope Fletcher will discuss the perils of celebrity.

This is only a glimpse of the 2015 line-up. Full programme online Saturday 8 August

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