Hillary Rodham Clinton

Breaking News: Hillary Rodham Clinton to appear at #cheltlitfest 2017

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The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival, together with publishers Simon & Schuster, today announce Hillary Rodham Clinton for their festival line-ups on Sunday 15 October 2017.

In exclusive UK appearances, Hillary Rodham Clinton makes her debut at midday at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, followed by an appearance at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for an evening event at London Literature Festival.

The one-off events mark Hillary Rodham Clinton’s only UK appearances to discuss her new book, What Happened, an autobiographical account describing her experience as the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Published by Simon & Schuster on Tuesday 12 September, What Happened reveals for the first time what Clinton was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history.

In these two events, audiences will experience a unique opportunity to hear Clinton reflect on her personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who didn’t play by the usual political rules. Audience members can expect to hear Clinton speak candidly about how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss – the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life.

Caroline Hutton, Chair of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, said: “These past 18 months have been the most extraordinary time in American politics. We couldn’t be more excited and honoured to have Hillary Rodham Clinton in person at our Literature Festival, giving us her first-hand perspective. From debut novelists and cutting-edge spoken-word artists to some of the world’s most influential thought leaders and agenda-setters our Literature Festival prides itself on bringing the most outstanding voices to Cheltenham every year.”

Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer, Literature and Spoken Word, Southbank Centre, said: “At Southbank Centre we believe stories have the power to connect us across cultural and political divides, and help us make sense of a world increasingly caught between extremes. Whose story is more necessary and timely today than Hillary Rodham Clinton’s? She joins London Literature Festival’s stellar line-up of writers exploring the theme ‘World on the Brink’ and promises to offer rare insights into her personal experience of the twists and turns that led to this year’s historic election result.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

Sunday 15 October 2017, 12pm
The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse


On sale to Cheltenham Festivals Members on Friday 15 September, from 1pm
On sale to the general public on Saturday 16 September, from 10am

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The UK’s oldest literature festival, which runs from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October, covers a diverse programme of current affairs, history, visual art, sport, food, fashion, lifestyle, psychology, science and business as well as fiction, poetry and a packed family programme. Speakers include Salman Rushdie, Alan Hollinghurst, Sarah Waters, Brendan Cox, David Mach, Nadiya Hussain, Russell Brand, Lauren Child, Andrew O’Hagan, Matt Lucas, Nikesh Shukla, Inua Ellams and Robert Webb.