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Welcome to an historic The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020.

Catch up on over 160 events in our programme, featuring content unique to Cheltenham, from some of the biggest names in publishing this autumn. Our schools and family programme in The Den features 34 events to inspire and entertain, as well as lots of ideas and activities to help you Create Your Own Festival at home or school.

Subscribe to the #CheltLitFest Player and watch 120+ events on-demand until the 31 December for a one-off payment of £20.

Explore our virtual Festival site interactive map

Waterstones Bookshop

Here’s where you can browse our virtual bookshop for all your Festival favourites delivered straight to your home. Thanks to our Partners Waterstones, every purchase you make here supports the Festival.

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The Den

Enter The Den and delve into a library of free digital events for schools and families.

Featuring a host of amazing writers, poets and illustrators including Oliver Jeffers, Liz Pichon, Joseph Coelho, Lauren Child, Greg James and Chris Smith, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matthew Syed, Anthony Horowitz and Elizabeth Acevedo.

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Citizens Manifesto

We want to hear what’s important to you and what your concerns and hopes are.

What elements of our lockdown lives should we maintain and what’s been exposed as outdated?

Join us to share stories, make sense of this moment and discuss the choices we face for the future.



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The Stage Door

The Stage Door is our digital space hosting special events for invited guests.

The Times and The Sunday Times

Title Partners The Times and The Sunday Times bring world-class journalism and expert insight to the Festival


Baillie Gifford

Baillie Gifford is a longstanding partner who support a number of the UK’s most renowned literary festivals.


The University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire shares the Festival’s commitment to nurturing new talent.



Explore the art of audiobooks and narration with the Festival’s brand-new partner Audible.



In partnership to present Queen Mary 2’s Literature Festival at Sea.


Marquee TV

Marquee TV is the Festival’s Official Streaming Partner, supporting our international series: The World Is Waiting


Sky Arts

Watch highlights from the Festival on Sky Arts’ new premium free-to-view channel. Subscribe to our Festival Archive and watch the entire Festival at your leisure up to 31 December 2020. Events will be posted 48 hours after the event is live streamed. Buy a #CheltLitFest player subscription here for £20 or log in if you already have a subscription.


Screen On The Green

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World Is Waiting

Even with world travel restricted, the programme won’t lose its international flavour, with a dedicated series of exclusive interviews with leading writers filmed at home entitled The World is Waiting. Providing an insight into writers’ lives in lockdown and a glimpse into the literary culture of Japan, Australia, Zimbabwe, the US and more, audiences can hear intimate conversations with writers such as Marilynne Robinson, Sayaka Murata, Tayari Jones, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Miles Franklin Award-winner Tara June Winch. The World is Waiting forms part of the Festival programme selection set to be broadcast by Official Streaming Partner Marquee TV.


Box Office

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See our list of what’s on here.

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