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The latest from The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

An astonishing 90,000 tickets have already been sold for The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival which kicks off in exactly two weeks from today on 8-17 October 2010.

2010 offers our biggest programme yet with a line-up bursting with star-names, literary legends and festival favourites - it really is no surprise that it is already proving such a hit! But if you haven't booked your tickets yet - it's not too late - as there is still availability for some of our most impressive names.

With so many fantastic speakers, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are just a few of the surprising treats to look forward to - all with tickets still available…

Laugh out loud comedians
Continuing the strong tradition of comedy in Cheltenham, this year we once again bring together some of Britain’s best for the lighter side of the Festival. In October we’ll be welcoming Armstrong and Miller, Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand, Armando Iannucci, Jenny Éclair, Dom Joly, Dawn French, and lots more! View full details of all our Laugh Out Loud events!

Poetic perfection
There's more poetry in this year's programme than ever before as we celebrate some of the country's most beautiful verse. Look out for Guest Director Owen Sheers as he leads a series of events featuring Andrew Motion, Don Paterson and Jo Shapcott

Read about these, and many more poetic event here:

Outstanding late additions
We welcome illusionist extraordinaire Derren Brown, Hollywood star and local boy Simon Pegg; and actress, author and Cheltenham favourite Maureen Lipman as fantastic late additions to the Festival line up.

Gourmet gurus and delicious dishes
From wine and chocolate top baking and deserts, we uncover a world of hidden pleasures and kitchen secrets. Unleash your inner domestic goddess with events starring Nigella Lawson, Rachel Allen, Levi Roots, Antonio Carluccio and Olly Smith. Set your taste buds tingling with full details of our Bitesize strand:

And for a real gastronomic treat, join style icon Jerry Hall for an exclusive lunch event at the Hotel du Vin. Sumptuous food, a stunning setting, and a supermodel for company - what could be better? Full details:

Political heavyweights
We’ll be uncovering the reality of political power, exploring the remarkable history of British Prime Ministers and examining the parallels between governments past and present. Guests include Alastair Campbell, Douglas Hurd, Lembit Opik, Peter Mandelson, Shirley Williams and many more –  read more about our Power to the People series.

Explore Gloucestershire
24 September 2010



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