Cheltenham Literary Festival line up 2015

Every year Cheltenham Festivals invites more than 2,500 of the world’s finest musicians, writers, scientists, performers and thinkers to entertain and inspire festival audiences of all ages. Cheltenham’s four inspirational festivals have been at the fore-front of the UK’s cultural scene since the inaugural Music Festival in 1945. Schools, young people and our local community can enjoy the Festivals year round through our extensive programme of educational workshops, talks, projects and inspiring activities.

From just three concerts at the very first Cheltenham Festival, the four festivals now feature nearly 1,000 events and sell over 215,000 tickets annually. The most exciting names in literature, politics, science, journalism, broadcasting and more!

Feminist/ female highlights from the Cheltenham Festival Programme that we think are of interest:

- Breaking the Silence – hear the story of Jo Milne, who at the age of 40 learnt to hear for the first time after a major cochlear operation. She is joined by bestselling author and former audiologist SJ Watson in conversation about her emotional journey

- A Miracle Pill? – a panel of journalists and health experts discuss one of the greatest scientific game-changers of our time, how it has altered the shape of our economy and workforce, and the balance and conduct of our relationships

- The Gender Battles Worth Fighting: Polly Vernon is joined by a fantastic panel to redraw the battle lines in the fight for equality

- In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom – dissident and activist Yeonmi Park reveals the reality of life in North Korea

- Annabel Karmel and Michelle Mone – the inspirational and globally successful due reveal the stories behind their success and share essential advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

- The Bletchley Girls – A remarkable opportunity to hear from women who made history

- Downton Abbey: A Celebration – Jessica Fellowes, author of Downton Abbey: A celebration in joined by the team behind the series plus cast members ahead of the final series

- Eat yourself happy with the cream of the foodie world – featuring Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Gizzie Erskine, John Torode, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Gino D’Acampo

The full 2015 line-up for the Cheltenham Literature Festival programme can be viewed here: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/grid

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