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Cheltenham Festival announces stellar line up for 2017

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Tens of thousands of book-lovers of all ages will head to Cheltenham in October for the UK’s oldest literature festival, for ten days of literary celebration, discussion and debate.

Around 1,000 speakers will take part in more than 550 events at the family-friendly Festival Village, in the heart of Regency Cheltenham, under the umbrella theme: Who Do We Think We Are? Sessions will cover key questions about British identity and celebrate Britain’s rich literary and cultural heritage.

Headliners include: Salman Rushdie, Alan Hollinghurst, Sarah Waters, Miranda Hart, Matt Lucas, Robert Webb, Russell Brand, Ian Rankin, Sarah Millican, Nadiya Hussain, Simon Schama, Amit Chaudhuri, Paula Hawkins, Bill Nighy, Roddy Doyle, Michael Morpurgo, Judy Murray, Harry Enfield, Alison Steadman, Michael Parkinson, Lauren Child, Armando Iannucci, Nigella Lawson, Twiggy, Brian May, Jackie Kay, Hollie McNish, Robert McCrum, The Famous Five, Where’s Wally, Philippa Gregory, Nikesh Shukla, Peggy Seeger, Scarlett Moffatt, June Sarpong, Charles Spencer, Ali-A and Al Murray.

7,000 children and young people will form the beating heart of the Festival on weekdays, receiving ideas and inspiration from writers and illustrators including Tanya Landman, Michael Rosen, Piers Torday and Alexis Deacon. The Festival provides both a launch-pad and showcase for year-round outreach programmes.

You will be able to find Literature Festival and speaker images here

The University of Warwick will be a major partner of this year’s The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. The University of Warwick will be supporting a series of specially commissioned events exploring the theme from different and thought provoking perspectives.