Our Literature Festival Programme and Commissions Manager Lyndsey Fineran looks forward to Saturday when #CheltLitFest takes its place on the global stage.
We love our Lit Crawl. Like a younger, rebel sister to our main Festival, it’s a riotous night of ideas and creativity that celebrates the edgier side of bookish programming and sees every nook and cranny of all manner of Cheltenham venues – bars, record stores, cafes, tattoo parlours and barbershops – packed with literary revellers until late into the night.
In a time of Covid, however, nooks, crannies, packed-together bodies and late nights aren’t exactly the order of the day so Lit Crawl looks a little different this year…
During the Festival itself we were delighted to work with Cheltenham BID to welcome back some familiar Crawl faces: The Alternative Book Club, Lives of Colour, The Moth Sanctuary and more to the Free Stage to entertain socially-distanced crowds during the Festival’s evenings.
Then this Saturday 24th October we’re hugely excited to join forces with the mothership of Lit Crawls, Lit Quake San Francisco for Lit Crawl Global – a border and time zone-defying celebration of the written and spoken word that will bring together Crawl programming from Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Wellington, Kells and Angers.
Our selected act is Moth Sanctuary Productions, a Cheltenham-based theatre company who formed shortly after appearing in our very first Crawl in 2016, which is a lovely, full circle moment for the Crawl and a testament to its role in developing and platforming local talent.
We’re so excited to see these talented performers reach a global audience, and to see what our Crawl colleagues across the world have in store in their programmes.
It’s all streaming completely free from 6.30pm, with Cheltenham’s entry at 8pm. You can view the full schedule and register for the stream here.
I hope you’ll join us for this special digital edition and will keep my fingers crossed that we’re all (safely) packed together again in person for Lit Crawl 2021.