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Cheltenham Literature Festival wins Best Event in the FutureBook Awards: Best of Lockdown

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The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has won Best Event in the FutureBook Awards: Best of Lockdown.

The Festival’s Programme and Commissions Manager, Lyndsey Fineran, presented to a live audience at the FutureBook Conference, with delegates asked to vote for the winner in each category.

Molly Flatt, comment editor of The Bookseller who judged this category, said: “[Cheltenham Literature Festival] provided a masterclass in how to do that dreaded thing – pivot – reimagining how a major literary festival could work in a lockdown world and continuing to innovate even as the situation changed daily under their feet.”

Head of Programming for the Festival, Nicola Tuxworth said: “This was an extraordinary Festival for an extraordinary year and we are enormously grateful for this industry recognition. Our huge thanks go to the authors, publicists and supporters of the Festival for their faith in us, and to the entire team at Cheltenham Festivals whose extraordinary creativity delivered a pioneering Festival in challenging circumstances.”

The FutureBook Awards are produced by The Bookseller, the leading business magazine for the book industry. The awards recognise innovation and forward-thinking in the publishing world. The Bookseller’s editor Philip Jones said: “FutureBook is a big celebration of the publishing sector, the books, the tech (new and old) and the people that drive us forward each year.”

In total, 27 companies or individuals were shortlisted from over 150 entries across five categories – Book, Retail, Event, Campaign and Startup – for this year’s FutureBook Awards, celebrating the best of publishing during lockdown. Publishers Nosy Crow and Pan Macmillan, Bath-based bookshop Mr B’s Emporium, and academic subscription service Perlego won in their categories.