Literature Festival 2019
Hot foot it to Cheltenham this October for what’s set to be one of the most
eagerly anticipated Literature Festivals to date.
The Festival is now in its 70th year and, over the course of 10 days, will bring together over
900 of the world’s best writers, brightest thinkers, and inspiring performers for a series of
So whether you’re keen to mingle with the likes of Louis Theroux and Debbie Harry, join in
heartfelt discussions with Nadiya Hussain and Tan Frances, or enjoy an evening of laughs
with Richard Ayoade, you can guarantee you’ll be staying right in the heart of the action.
Eat Well, Live Well
Oct 5th @ 11:30am
In our increasingly busy lives, the pressure to juggle different commitments can feel overwhelming, often coming at the expense of our mental and physical wellbeing. From food to digital health, our Guest Curators authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené (Slay in Your Lane) are joined by vegan chef Rachel Ama (Vegan Eats), pilates and wellness coach Isa-Welly and others, to discuss how we can all strike the perfect balance. Following the event, enjoy a delicious lunch with recipes taken from Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats.
Slay In Your Lane
Oct 5th @ 3pm
With Slay In Your Lane, Guest Curators Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené started a national conversation, sharing the stories of some of the most successful black women in Britain and showing young women how to get ahead in everything from education, to work, to dating. They talk to presenter Tinea Taylor about its phenomenal success and introduce Slay In Your Lane: The Journal, an empowering and practical toolkit that will help you create a better and more visible future for yourself, whatever your goals.
Celebrate With…Jessie Burton
Oct 6th @ 4pm
Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist was a phenomenal No 1 bestseller, winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year and adapted into a major BBC TV series. Don’t miss this chance to join Jessie in this intimate, book group-style session as she looks back on her breakthrough novel with Sam Baker.
The Glossy Years
Oct 8th @4pm
With relish and astonishing candour, chairman of Condé Nast Britain Nicholas Coleridge offers the inside scoop on the people who populate the glamorous world of glossy magazines. He shares anecdotes from his thirty-year career as editor and tastemaker with novelist Rachel Johnson.
Nina Campbell: A Life In Design
Oct 9th @ 1pm
The doyenne of English interior design, Nina Campbell has spent her life creating relaxed, elegant rooms with quintessentially English style – vibrant colours, luxurious textiles and true comfort – for an international clientele. She joins Giles Kime (Nina Campbell Interior Decoration), Interiors Editor of Country Life magazine, to impart her design wisdom and select highlights from an extraordinary career spanning nearly fifty years.
Ultimate Autumn Style With Anna Murphy
Oct 10th @11am
Do you want to liven up your wardrobe but need some inspiration? Join Anna Murphy, Fashion Director at The Times and Prue White, Style Director at The Times Magazine, as they pick out their favourite trends from the season’s catwalks and show you how to make them work in the real world. Sharing top tips and styling tricks, they’ll suggest some easy ways to add a splash of brilliance to your autumn look.
Beauty Salon at No. 131
Oct 10th @ 3pm
Fashion Director at The Times Anna Murphy (How Not to Wear Black) returns to the Festival with her exclusive panel of beauty experts. In this audience-led event, three of the country’s top names in beauty – facialist Alexandra Soveral, make-up artist Hannah Martin and hair stylist Kiki Koh of John Frieda – will be on hand to answer your every question on how to look your best.
Dressing For Your Shape
Oct 10th @ 5pm
It’s the most important route to finding your style: properly understanding your figure and what works for it, and what doesn’t. Anna Murphy, Fashion Director at The Times, and Anna Berkeley, personal stylist and body-shape guru, join forces to help find your fashion happy place once and for all.
Celebrate With…Tracy Chevalier
Oct 13th @ 4pm
It’s been 20 years since the publication of Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. Join this intimate event and enjoy a glass of fizz as the author talks to Georgina Godwin about the book that has sold more than five million copies around the world.