Festival’s latest chapter
IN celebration of Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary, ten county primary schools have taken up the challenge to mark the event.
The schools were asked by The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to write their own monster stories and design giant book covers to illustrate their work.
These covers form a trail around Cheltenham throughout this year’s festival.
The festival has worked with Cheltenham BID to create a Monster Story Trail in family friendly businesses as part of it around town programme.
The venues include book shops, entertainment venues and vintage cafés in High Street, The Brewery Quarter, Regent Arcade, Regent Street, Bennington Street and Clarence Street.
During the ten-day festival, visitors can follow the Monster Story Trail and collect clues to reveal the name of the Cheltenham festival’s monster.
Free trail maps can be picked up from any of the participating venues or the Beano Challenge Trail tent in the literature festival’s tented village in Montpellier Gardens.
Ten terrifying tales including The Blob, The Inside-outside Monster and the Legend of Pittville Lake can be read on the Cheltenham Festival website.
It’s a packed bill for this year’s festival which starts on Friday.
Double Oscar-winning actress Sally Field is one of scores of star names due to speak at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Blue Planet’s legendary outspoken presenter David Attenborough will talk to Emma Freud about his environmental work and Life on Earth series and Take That star Gary Barlow will talk about his autobiography A Better Me.
Fiction-lovers are spoilt for choice with the biggest names in the business, including the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Discussing their autumn releases are Pat Barker (The Silence of the Girls), Sarah Perry (Melmouth), 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).
Muriel Spark’s biographer Alan Taylor looks beyond The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with Rebus author Ian Rankin.
Sarah Dunant, Sarah Perry and thriller writer Sabine Durrant;will look at 80 years of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
Bestselling author Francis Fukuyama
(Identity) examines identity politics, anti-brexit campaigner Gina Miller
(Rise) speaks about fighting for our beliefs, feminist activists Laura Bates and Helen Pankhurst unpack the #Metoo movement, and politician Alistair Darling asks if there will be a repeat of the 2008 financial crash.
Bake Off ‘s Prue Leith shares her first cookbook in 20 years and Nadiya Hussain celebrates UK home cooking.
On the sporting front, cricket maverick Shane Warne (No Spin), football legend Kevin Keegan, Chris Hoy, Grand National star Bob Champion are among the big names from the world of sport.
For more on the festival’s line up and to get tickets, visit cheltenham festivals. com/literature/ email@example.com
The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival Programming Team get ready for tomorrow’s first day
Year 5 and 6 pupils from Springbank Primary Academy