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Cheltenham Literature Festival, 2023

6 October 2023 - 15 October 2023

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Could there be a more appropriate setting for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival than the historic Regency spa town of Cheltenham?

Originally held in the town hall, the leading UK festival of the word was the world’s first literary festival. It forms a key part of the Cheltenham Festivals season.

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2023 Highlights

At this year’s festival you can see people as varied as Brian Cox, David Mitchell, Sadiq Khan, Liv Little, Clive Myrie and Yomi Adegoke

Cheltenham: The Perfect Setting

Since therapeutic mineral waters were discovered there in the early 18th Century, Cheltenham has been a magnet for visitors.

On the edge of the Cotswolds with its gentle, quintessentially English scenery, Cheltenham is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with The River Chelt flowing through the town on its way to the River Severn. Unsurprisingly, with this scenic location, the town is home to several festivals throughout the year, as the Cheltenham Festivals, including this world famous Literary Festival, which is held every October.

Previous people appearing at the festival

Key societal changes will be explored through novels of the past seventy years, especially for those interested in the development of societal literary norms over the past seven decades.

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2023 Line-Up

The full programme of what’s on at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, can be found here.

Joan Collins (c) Fadil Berisha Alan
Joan Collins has appeared at the festival in the past (c) Fadil Berisha Alan

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2023 Dates

This year’s festival will be held form 6 to 15 October, 2023.


Information about tickets can be found from the box office on 01242 850270 or [email protected].

More information on Cheltenham Festivals.

For more information on both the Cheltenham Literature Festival and other Cheltenham Festivals, including the Cheltenham Music Festival and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, click here. Main image Ashley Dotty Charles, BBC Productions.


6 October 2023
15 October 2023


109-111 Bath Road
Cheltenham,GL53 7LSUnited Kingdom
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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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