First Ever Podcast-in-Residence Announced for The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

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We are delighted to announce that Mostly Lit will be our very first Podcast-in-Residence at The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Named by The Guardian and the BBC as one of 2017’s top podcasts, Mostly Lit is an award-winning books and pop-culture podcast created and hosted by Alex Reads, Raifa Rafiq and Derek Owusu – and executive produced and managed by Clarissa Pabi.

You can see them during the Festival in Mostly Lit Live – a special live version of their show featuring Festival guests; Alex Reads in a session dedicated to book blogging, vlogging and podcasting in our Turning Your Passion For Books Into Digital Content workshop and Mostly Lit member Derek Owusu will be championing a title by Chinua Achebe in our very special Cheltenham Booker event. They’ll also be recording podcast episodes from their time at the Festival with interviews, festival guests and behind the scenes info. Look out for their Festival Preview Picks in the weeks leading up to the Festival too.

We admire Cheltenham for having a history of engaging with podcasting and we’re excited to be contributing to this innovative work by adding Mostly Lit into the mix.

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Alex Reads, Raifa Rafiq, Derek Owusu and Clarissa Pabi, the team behind the award-winning podcast said: “We’re excited to be the first Podcast-In-Residence at Cheltenham and what this role we’ve created signifies. We see our residency as an excellent opportunity to create some interesting and unexpected podcast content for Cheltenham and our audience, drawing on some of our favourite books and authors and the experience of being part of the Festival. We can’t wait for our live show and to attend the rest of the Festival!”

Lyndsey Fineran, Programme Manager said: “I’m delighted to have Mostly Lit as our inaugural Podcast-in-Residence. We’ve always been big believers at Cheltenham that there should be numerous access routes to books and, indeed, to the Festival itself and we’re proud to host such a diverse range of ways for people to engage with bookish content – whether that’s through panels, talks, debates and readings or gigs, storytelling slams, live theatre or our Lit Crawl. Podcasts have opened up a whole new platform for talking about books and reaching new readers and we’re excited to be partnering with Mostly Lit on their brilliant work in this area.”


The full Festival line-up will be announced on Friday 17 August at
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