The countdown to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has well and truly begun! We managed to find some time with the busy Literature Festival team as they give us six events not to miss at this year’s Festival…
Michael Parkinson: The Best Years
Saturday 6 October, 8.45pm – 10pm.
Nicola Tuxworth, Literature Festival Head of Programming: “In the seventies, the only time my mum watched Match of the Day was when George Best was playing, and Parkinson’s show was a highlight of the week. In an incredible 540 episodes the list of stars who walked down that famous staircase was truly extraordinary. This will take me back to happy evenings round the black and white telly – a funny, nostalgic evening and some brilliant clips.”
Saturday 6 October, 5pm – 1am.
Lyndsey Fineran, Literature Festival Programme and Commissions Manager: “I love the full stretch of the Festival but one big highlight for me is seeing the town’s bookshops, bars and cafes come to life on Lit Crawl night. Watching festival-goers pick their way through spoken word, comedy, music, storytelling and more while discovering new nooks and crannies of the town is a real thrill and I can’t wait to see what literary revelry is whipped up this year.”
Sunday 14 October, 12.15pm – 1.15pm.
Jo James, Literature Festival Programmer: “From his early days on Monty Python, to global success in cinema and theatre, the man is a complete legend. And he wrote the song that was named by Rolling Stone magazine as the best funeral choice song ever, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more Squire…”
The Guilty Feminist
Sunday 14 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm.
Sophie Hoult, Literature Festival Programme Manager: “I’m a feminist, but I detagged myself from a picture at a women’s conference where we were all standing in front of a sign which said ‘Empowered Not Coward’, because my ankles looked fat.”
Wednesday 10 October, 5.45pm – 6.45pm.
Emma Whittle, Literature Festival Programme Manager: “Frida Kahlo is an icon the world over, her striking personal appearance as recognisable as her bold and beautiful paintings. I’m looking forward to hearing from our three brilliant panellists about Kahlo’s rich and dramatic life, her legacy as a feminist and social activist, and to getting an insight into the inspiration behind her unforgettable art.”
Friday 5 October – Sunday 14 October.
Ellie Petrie, Literature Festival Coordinator: “Celebrate the incredible homegrown talent of authors, poets, historians, actors and playwrights in our Locally Sourced collection. From poetry inspired by walks on Leckhampton Hill, plays written and performed by Cheltenham’s homeless and a celebration of our contribution to the suffragette movement – we’ve got some of Gloucestershire’s best!”