Festival Guest Curator and 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo in collaboration with Penguin has curated a landmark new series of lost or hard-to-find books, now rediscovered, by Black writers writing about Black Britain and the diaspora across the last century. From literary thrillers and historical novels to a dynamic range of non-fiction, join Bernardine as she offers a guide through the series and talks to three of the selected writers about their novels: Judith Bryan,’s family psychodrama Bernard and the Cloth Monkey, Jacqueline Roy ’s (appearing digitally) story of mental health The Fat Lady Sings and Nicola Williams’ legal thriller, Without Prejudice.

Books available to accompany this event

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from our Waterstones Cheltenham Literature Festival bookshop.

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The Fat Lady Sings Without Prejudice
Bernard and the Cloth Monkey


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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