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The Literature Festival returns to Cheltenham

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014 promises to be a world renowned 10-day celebration of reading, writing and authors once again this autumn – with Judi Dench, Salman Rushdie, Heston Blumenthal, John Cleese and many more big names appearing at more than 500 local events.
Some of the book world’s biggest names will appear at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014, when the Regency town once again hosts hundreds of events during the
Expect to find literary legends, politicians and designers alongside guest directors, comedians and stars of the stage and screen at the 2014 festival, alongside guest directors.
Festival highlights include a line-up of writing greats such as Salman Rushdie, Margaret Attwood, Iam McEwan, Will Self, Ben Okri, David Mitchell and Victoria Hislop, alongside a celebration of new talent spanning Emma Healey, Nathan Filer, Caitlin Moran and James Naughtie.
Acting royalty, Judi Dench, will be discussing her new book, Behind the Scenes, with the likes of Brian Blessed, Damian Lewis, Helen McCroy and John Cleese also on the bill.
Comedy-loving festival-goers can expect nothing but laughs from Katy Brand, Francesca Martinez, Emma Freud, Kevin Bridges, Paul Merton, Omid Djalili and Danny Baker.
While sports fans are well catered for too, with appearances lined up from Kevin Pietersen, Nicole Cook, Gareth Thomas, Roger Bannister, Sol Campbell and more.
There’s plenty on offer for sci-fi and fantasy fans, including a celebration of Marvel Comics with Fantastic Four and X-Men writer, Mike Carey, alongside speakers such as Clive Anderson, Terry Jones, Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie and Mitch Benn.
With foodies getting treated to a fabulous series of events, including talks, lunches and dinners with everyone from Tom Kerridge, Heston Blumenthal and Yotam Ottolenghi to Hardeep Singh Kohli, Rachel Allen and Lorraine Pascale.
There’s more than 500 events scheduled, covering topics such as politics, current affairs, exploration, history, culture and more, making this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival one of the biggest and best yet.