It’s here again, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2009!
No it isn’t just a stuffy event for bookworms and those with a literary bent! It’s so much more.
Yes, you can listen to your favourite author talking about their new book or their writing, but you can also hear many famous and well known people and personalities talking not just about literature and books, but about a whole host of things.
You can become immersed in talks and interviews with well known experts chatting about history and ancient civilisations, architecture, politics, sport, entertainment, people’s lives. You can laugh with comedians and impressionists, be regaled by amusing anecdotes, or made to feel hungry by personality chefs. You can attend poetry readings, writing workshops, listen to storytelling. It is all there and more from the 9th to 18th of October.
Last year was my ‘first time’ and in my mind the words ‘literature’, ‘book events ‘and ‘Cheltenham ladies’ had conjured up a few images for me as a novice festival goer. Any misgivings or doubts were soon dispelled and after an encounter with a ‘Cheltenham lady’ at my second event, as she plonked herself down beside me, I knew I was in for a good time.
“Well, I am certainly glad I’m not sitting behind you,” she said emphasising the word ‘you’ quite forcefully (I am quite tall). This lady of more senior years then indicated to the stage and peering around the bobbing figure of the man in front continued in a loud voice; “Oh I do hope he keeps still.”
I smiled politely as a stranger does in such circumstances and ventured, “Perhaps you should have brought your opera glasses.”
“I don’t think I wish to see that much,” came the rather icy retort.
I was hooked. Welcome to The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival.
I hope you have got your tickets. I’ve got mine!