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Literature 2013: First Names Announced

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After a fantastic 2012 in which the Literature Festival hosted internationally renowned speakers including Kofi Annan and JK Rowling, we’re delighted to share with you the first list of names for our 2013 programme. From the 4th-13th October, world-renowned authors, politicians, comedians and presenters will descend on Cheltenham for one of the most exciting and diverse Literature Festivals anywhere in the world.

This year’s Festival theme explores memory and how it shapes us both individually and as a society. Memory is fundamental to our own sense of identity and a theme which offers fertile ground for the Festival to explore, especially in our events focusing on autobiography and memoir, poetry, history and of course fiction.

Confirmed Guest Directors for 2013

AS Byatt
The internationally known novelist, short-story writer, critic and author of the Booker Prize-winning Possession, joins us this year to programme some of our keynote events within our memory collection.

Alan Johnson
The former Home Secretary and one of Britain’s best-loved politicians will talk about his new memoir, This Boy, sharing the story of his extraordinary 1950s London childhood, as well as programming some of our keynote politics and current affairs events.

Agnes C Poirier
We are delighted to welcome the anglophile journalist and commentator to the Festival this year to advise on our French Connections series. Agnès is a political commentator and cultural critic, the author of Touché, a French woman’s take on the English and of the forthcoming La Clique , a study on post-war intellectuals in Paris.

Cheltenham Literature Festival confirmed programme highlights

Bestselling authors Michael Morpurgo, Helen Fielding, Joanna Trollope and Ian Rankin, among many others, will be discussing their lives and work.

A feast of comedy awaits you at this year’s Literature Festival, as we welcome the likes of Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman, Marcus Brigstocke and Julian Clary.

Join Monty Don for a French garden journey, with his new book The Road to Le Tholonet.

Get creative with Cath Kidston, as she celebrates 20 years of her quirky, much-loved brand and great British success story.

Go back in time with leading journalists and historians David Starkey, Ruth Goodman, Peter Snow and Helen Rappaport.

Delve into the life of a modern England cricketer with the man at the centre of it all, Matt Prior.

Plus many more…

Carlos Acosta
Kate Adie
Lucy Adlington
Alexander Armstrong
Jesse Armstrong & Sam Baine
Pam Ayres
Linwood Barclay
Melvyn Bragg
Marcus Brigstocke
John Browne
Rob Caskie
Caroline Charles
Julian Clary
William Dalrymple
Monty Don
Roddy Doyle
Mark Easton
Nigel Farage
Helen Fielding
Judy Finnigan
Martin Gayford
Rick Gekoski
Ruth Goodman
George Goodwin
AC Grayling
Max Hastings
James Holland
Richard Holmes
Philip Hook
Douglas Hurd & Ed Young
Kate Humble
Simon Jenkins
Alan Johnson
Rachel Khoo
Cath Kidston
Philippa Langley
Hermione Lee
Richard Madeley
Cerys Matthews
Michael Morpurgo
Kate Mosse
Barry Norman
Jesse Norman
Richard Osman
Matt Prior
Ian Rankin
Helen Rappaport
Paul Roberts
Nicholas Roeg
Sandra Smith
Peter Snow
Peter Stanford
David Starkey
Edward Stourton
Tracey Thorn
Simon Thurley
Joanna Trollope
Valentine Warner
Mark Watson
Ruby Wax
Alison Weir
Lucy Worsley

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