Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018 line-up revealed

News - Festivals Friday, 17 August 2018

Featured authors include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sally Rooney and William Boyd; the 1000-speaker event runs 5-14 October

According to organisers: 'The programme includes almost 1000 speakers offering something for everyone: from literary legends and dynamic debuts to celebrated chefs, renowned historians and sporting icons, as well as the most incisive commentators, world-class comedians and the glittering stars of stage and screen. For the perfect family day out, the greatest storytellers and illustrators in the land will inspire and entertain toddlers to teens, through events, free activities, workshops and story trails.

'Fiction-lovers can expect big names such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (pictured) alongside the extraordinary new voices igniting imaginations. Discussing their hotly anticipated autumn releases are Pat Barker (The Silence of the Girls), Sarah Perry (Melmoth), Kate Atkinson (Transcription), Guest Curator Sebastian Faulks (Paris Echo), plus Sally Rooney on her second novel (Normal People). There will be further new reads from William Boyd, Lionel Shriver, Kate Mosse, Kit de Waal, Emma Healey, Elif Shafak, Caitlin Moran as well as the Man Booker nominated Esi Edugyan and last year’s Guest Curator Sarah Moss (Ghost Wall).

'Dynamic debut talent on the line-up includes Gail Honeyman, Imogen Hermes Gower, Sharlene Teo, Nikesh Shukla plus broadcaster Simon Mayo with his debut adult novel Mad Blood Stirring. Jojo Moyes and Liane Moriaty will speak about seeing their work transform from page to screen, raise a glass with Joanna Trollope to her latest novel An Unsuitable Match and, for crime aficionados, Anthony Horowitz will introduce his new James Bond outing (Forever and a Day).

'A host of international writers and experts will join a unique programme inspired by the culture and history of the Far East. The work of the outstanding cult Japanese author Haruki Murakami will be celebrated with a first look at the highly anticipated Killing Commendatore with friends and fans including David Mitchell. The East Asian canon will be explored more widely with authors such as Masatsugu Ono, Madeleine Thien, Sayaka Murata, Min Jin Lee, Xiaolu Guo, and Fujimoto Prize-winner Genki Kawamura (If Cats Disappeared from the World), plus renowned poet Paul Conneally demonstrates the beauty and brevity of the Haiku.

'In Travel and Lifestyle, Ian Buruma and Asa Yoneda transport the audience to the metropolis of intoxicating capital Tokyo, spirits expert Dave Broom (The Way of Whisky) takes a tasting tour of Japan, the powerhouse of Japanese animation and Studio Ghibli is explored with Mark Kermode. In our History collection, Guest Curator Peter Frankopan will introduce The New Silk Road and Edward Burman gives an intriguing account of the legendary Terracotta Army. In Art and Design we join Guest Curator and V&A Director Tristram Hunt to marvel at the fabulous treasures in the East Asian Galleries, and in Current Affairs, we interrogate the possibility of peace on the Korean peninsula with Jieun Baek (North Korea’s Hidden Revolution) and Robin Niblett, plus Rania Abouzeid (No Turning Back) and Channel 4's International Editor Lindsey Hilsum (In Extremis) examine the dynamics of war in Syria with BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet.

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