The contrast between grand state-of-the- nation novels and those centred on the domestic sphere dealing with families, marriages and parenting is often a stark one. In these turbulent times, can novelists afford to write ‘small’? Or doesn’t all politics start with the personal? Festival Guest Curator and novelist Tessa Hadley (Late in the Day) is joined by writers Meena Kandasamy (Exquisite Cadavers) and Alex Pheby (Lucia) to discuss. Chaired by Lara Feigel.


Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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