Fes­ti­val’s lat­est chap­ter

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By SO­PHIE FLOW­ERS

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/ so­phie.flow­ers@reach­plc.com

Pic­ture: Mark Watkins

The Times and The Sun­day Times Chel­tenham Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val Pro­gram­ming Team get ready for to­mor­row’s first day

Pic­ture: Phil Stevens

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Spring­bank Pri­mary Acad­emy

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