This event will have a BSL interpreter.

Writer and avid reader Ann Morgan always considered herself well-read until a closer look at her bookshelves revealed a different story. Bar a handful of titles by Australian, Indian and South African authors, it was English and North American writers that dominated her shelves, and she read almost nothing in translation. What followed was an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of 2012, an undertaking that would go on to inspire a book, a TED talk and her long-running blog, A Year of Reading the World. She reflects on how a one-year reading challenge grew into a lifelong literary exploration and considers how our relationship to world literature has shifted in the 10 years since her initial quest.

Books available to accompany this event

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from our Waterstones Cheltenham Literature Festival bookshop.
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Read The World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer


Cheltenham 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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