Saturday 16 October 2021

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2021

The Cheltenham Literature Festival has been taking place from the 8th-17th October this year and the theme has been Read the World, which is a major new three-year theme. Read on to find out more about the festival.

About The Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival is the world’s first literature festival, leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of books through its Literature for Schools programme. 

Cheltenham Literature Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals – a charity delivering a pioneering year-round educational programme culminating in four internationally-acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals. Cheltenham Festivals creates experiences that bring joy, spark curiosity, connect communities and inspire change.

The Festival has an accompanying year-round programme of education and talent development outreach including its flagship Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils project which has rolled out nationally, enabling teachers and their pupils to rediscover the joy of reading. The other programmes include: the award-winning Beyond Words, a creative writing project working with vulnerable young people unable to access mainstream education in Gloucestershire, Words That Burn, a national human rights poetry project created in partnership with Amnesty International and Write Now, a unique mentoring, workshop and networking project that nurtures young people’s creative writing abilities.

Read the Word Theme

Selecting the books that help us explore and understand the world and bringing together a cohort of internationally renowned speakers and thinkers, the Festival is your passport to a world of ideas. Bringing together world-leading names and fresh new voices we will be exploring the key issues of the day from a range of different perspectives and understanding more about cultural norms from around the globe.
As the world’s first-ever literature festival (est. 1949) we sit at the heart of a dynamic global network of book festivals, as well as benefitting from rich partnerships with universities, think tanks and a range of cultural partners across the globe Through these connections we will bring you one of our most diverse line-ups to date and continue to lead the way in producing world-class programmes that push the envelope of what literature festivals can do, and who they are for.

Building on the success of last year’s Festival, which combined digital events and live audiences, we will be beaming in talent from across the globe and reaching digital audiences across the world.

There has been something for everyone this year and there's still one day left and you can attend virtually. Take a look at the remaining events here.

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