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A warm welcome from Baroness Gail Rebuck

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Baroness Gail Rebuck is Chair of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

“A warm welcome to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015, where this year we celebrate the world’s best writing and explore defining moments of the past, present and future. A world-class experience in the heart of Cheltenham, the Festival attracts the most exciting names in literature, the arts, politics, science, journalism and entertainment, sharing the joys of reading, learning and debating.

A broad and inclusive programme has been created for you, packed full of bestselling authors and emerging talent. We are passionate about curating unique events featuring imaginative and surprising pairings; unusual meetings between thinkers and writers that can only be found during the ten extraordinary days at Cheltenham. We are not shy about tackling controversial topics, prompting fresh and lively discussion. Our hope is that you will arrive curious and leave inspired.

Fiction is at the core of the Festival with a particular emphasis on celebrating literary greats, revisiting classic fiction, exploring undiscovered gems and revealing the very best in new writing. This year we have also reinvigorated our poetry collection with a celebration of the spoken word and performance poetry and have created even more events for younger audiences.

Throughout the year we work with an exceptional advisory committee of top literary agents, critics, writers and journalists, alongside external programmers and guest directors to bring you world-class authors and speakers. I would like to thank our partners for their continuing dedication and support, in particular _The Times, The Sunday Times and Waterstones. Thank you of course to our speakers, their publishers and also our volunteers who give up their valuable time._

In my two years as Chair I have been increasingly struck by the breadth and quality of the Cheltenham Literature Festival. We are enormously grateful for the support of our dedicated audiences; it is fantastic to see so many people returning year after year to attend and participate in events and meet their favourite authors at book signings.

2015 is set to be the Literature Festival’s best year yet and we look forward to welcoming you to Cheltenham in October.”

Baroness Gail Rebuck
Chair, The Times and The Sunday
Times Cheltenham Literature Festival