The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival 2010 (8-17 October)

Some highlights of this year’s festival, starting with crime; but see here for more detail and booking availability.  My personally selected highlights follow:

Crime
James Ellroy Fri 8/10 Everyman Theatre 20:45-22:00 £8
Alexander McCall Smith Sat 9/10 Main Hall 16:00 £9 – on his new novel The Charming Quirks of Others.
Alexander McCall Smith Sun 10/10 The Daffodil 12:30-15:00 £35 – Friends’ Festival Lunch.
Sherlock Holmes Mysteries Sun 10/10 The Playhouse 13:00 £6 (£4) – a family event for ages 9+.
Jo Nesbo & Stuart MacBride Thurs 14/10 The Inkpot 20:45-22:00 £6
Ann Cleeves & Andrea Maria  Schenkel Fri 15/10 Town Hall 19:00 £6
Andrew Taylor, Penelope Lively & Susan Hill Sun 17/10 Garden Theatre 16:00 £7 – discussing ghosts in their fiction and the power of the supernatural on the page.

Other Authors
Sebastian Faulks Sat 9/10 Everyman Theatre Noon-13:00 £8 – discussing most recent novel ‘A Week in December’.
Amanda Craig, Louise Doughty & Sarah Dunant Sat 9/10 Parabola Arts Centre 16:00-17:00 £6
Jilly Cooper Sat 9/10 Everyman Theatre 20:45-22:00 £9 – making a ‘welcome return’ talking about her new novel Jump!
MI6 Revealed Sun 10/10 Main Hall 10am £7 – Keith Jeffery’s History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949.
Dawn French Sat 16/10 Main Hall 14:00 £30 (reserved) – ticket includes an exclusive signed copy of her first novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, and the discussion focuses on this.

Politics
Shirley Williams Sat 16/10 Main Hall 10am £10 – she will be looking back on her career and sharing her experiences.

In the ‘Money Talks’ series:
Will Hutton Sat 9/10 Everyman Theatre 18:30 £7 – discussing politics, greed and inequality.
Howard Davies, Will Hutton & John Kay ‘Financial Futures’ Sat 9/10 Garden Theatre 20:45-22:00 £10 – exploring the economic challenges of a changing world.

More for the Family & Massive Fun!
Dr Who Quiz Sat 16/10 Town Hall 16:00 £7 (£6)

Music
Stephen Sondheim Wed 13/10 Town Hall 18:30-19:30 £12 – looking back on his illustrious career and presenting his new book, Finishing the Hat.

2 thoughts on “The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival 2010 (8-17 October)

  1. Simon Cheshire

    Hi! I’m one of the crime writers who’s on the panel at the Sherlock Holmes Mysteries event at Cheltenham. Just wanted to say I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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