The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

A ten day festival for everyone celebrating writing and ideas 

109.11 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LS, +44 (0)1242 850 270

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Cheltenham Festivals creates a vibrant cultural experience across science and arts which attracts visitors locally and across the UK because it is exciting, inspiring and nurtures interest where it did not exist before. We are not only a physical destination but also aspire to being a digital and social destination which encourages participation and engagement in conversations and ideas. In so doing we contribute to the cultural landscape of the UK and enrich our local area.

We are energised by the creation of new approaches, connections and interesting combinations, unravelling and discussing ideas. We showcase the best available as well as emergent thinking and talent. Inspiring children and the young to get involved but most of all to enjoy and understand the arts and science.

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International Priorities

We have a co-programming partnership with Sydney Writers Festival.

Key Strengths

  • Strong core programme of British and International Fiction
  • A robust series of debates around world politics, current affairs and new thinking using leading  international experts, writers and journalists
  • A developing spoken word and festival lates programme, exploring new formats for new audiences
  • A year round education programme supporting young writers

Seeking Partnerships With

We are interested in working with literature festivals to share ideas and experiences and work towards a co-commissioning network.

We are interested in partnerships that help writers connect with other writers internationally to create new content for the festival

Purpose of Partnerships

  • International exchanges between writers on-line at at festivals.
  • Co-commissioned new formats for events that can tour/be distributed internationally