Mu­si­cian, baker and co­me­di­ans are all part of fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tion

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF -

» FROM a Bake Off star and a co­me­dian to a rugby legend, a Mcfly star and sev­eral TV pre­sen­ters Chel­tenham Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val is back with a bang.

The an­nual fes­ti­val presents ‘the best new voices in fic­tion and poetry along­side lit­er­ary greats and high­pro­file speak­ers.’

And the event, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 70th birth­day this year, have re­vealed the first names for the an­niver­sary pro­gramme.

In the past, the fes­ti­val has boasted the likes of David At­ten­bor­ough and Hi­lary Clin­ton.

And some of the big­gest names set to head to the town this year in­clude:

» Great Bri­tish Bake Off star Nadiya Hus­sain

» Mcfly mu­si­cian Dougie Poyn­ter

» Welsh Rugby legend Sam War­bur­ton

» Coun­try­file star He­len Skel­ton

» For­mer Blue Peter pre­sen­ter and Black Mirror co-writer Kon­nie Huq

» Co­me­di­ans Bob Mor­timer and Richard Ayoade

» TV pre­sen­ter Der­mot O’leary

» Glouces­ter­shire chef Tom Ker­ridge The theme for this year’s event is Seven at Seventy and cel­e­brates 70 years since Chel­tenham Town Hall hosted the world’s first lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val.

It all kicks off on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 4 un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 13.

And the full fes­ti­val line-up will be an­nounced on Fri­day, Au­gust 16.

Book­ing for the event opens to Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val Mem­bers on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 28 at 10am and gen­eral book­ing opens at 10am on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 4.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­vals web­site on chel­tenham­fes­ti­

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