With over 15 million copies of her Neapolitan Novels sold in 45 languages across more than 50 countries, adaptations of her work in high demand across TV, film and stage and named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, the Italian writer Elena Ferrante is a global literary sensation. We are thrilled that she will be the recipient of the 2021 The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, joining an elite list of winners that includes Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Harold Pinter, Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Ian McEwan, John Le Carré, Kazuo Ishiguro and Edna O’Brien. Famously anonymous, Ferrante is represented at the Festival by an actor (to be announced) who will deliver a specially commissioned lecture and her publisher Eva Ferri joins us to accept the award.

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Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

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.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

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