Out in force at Cheltenham Literature Festival

More than 50 of our writers will be speakers at this year’s Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

This marks the the 67th festival in the stylish Regency West Country town and is being staged on October 7-16.

There are more than 600 events being held during the 10-day literary extravaganza. Top names include Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone, comedian Alan Carr, illusionist Derren Brown, novelist Jilly Cooper and footballer Joey Barton.

Baroness Gail Rebuck, festival chair, said:

“Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016 will be the most exciting place to hear writers, politicians, academics and journalists explore new ways of seeing the world. Wide-ranging debates will be scheduled alongside unique opportunities to hear literary greats discuss their work, both past and present. There will also be a chance to meet some of the leading figures in film, art, design and food – while also discovering fresh literary voices. Cheltenham, Britain’s oldest literature festival, will also showcase millennial talent from bloggers to spoken word poets, offering up yet another year of inspired curation and intellectual challenge.”

The full line-up was revealed on Saturday August 13. Tickets go on sale to festival members on Wednesday August 31 and on public sale from Wednesday September 7.

Six guest curators will bring their experience and insight to bear on the festival’s two main themes of America Uncovered and Millennials. They are: American writer, critic and former editor of Granta magazine John Freeman; Professor of American Literature Sarah Churchwell; comedian Reginald D Hunter; rapper, poet and academic Akala; Girl Lost in the City blogger Emma Gannon and writer and performer Cecilia Knapp.

As well as the very latest in fiction, the festival offers events covering history, art, classic literature, music, film, theatre, entertainment, food and lifetstyle. The children’s programme will boast two weekends packed with an exciting line-up of author events, shows and workshops for toddlers to teens.

Regular festival speaker and The Times writer Ben Macintyre will be getting our presence under way on the opening day – Friday October 7.

He will be talking about his latest book SAS: Rogue Heroes, the first-ever authorised history of the famed Special Air Service (SAS) regiment on its 75th anniversary. The book is set to be published just a couple of weeks before the festival starts.

See the full festival guide.