Cheltenham Literature Festival - three events to look out for
The Summerfield Lecture
Thursday 10th October 6.30-7.30pm
a fast-moving world we’re often overloaded with conflicting opinions
and advice. In this absorbing talk Noreena Hertz, author of 'Eyes Wide
Open: How to make smart decisions in a confusing world', and described
by The Observer as ‘one of the world’s leading thinkers’ offers a
practical method for making better, smarter decisions.
The Summerfield Charitable Trust donates grants to a wide variety of good causes throughout Gloucestershire: www.summerfield.org.uk
The Jan Urban-Smith Debate
Sat 12th October 2-3pm
Do We Still Believe Books Matter to our Children?
Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine, Jamila Gavin and Graham Tyrer
we still believe that books matter to our children? If so, why are
libraries closing and literature reduced to extracts in school, as if
solely for the purpose of jumping through hoops? Is the chance to read
widely being squeezed between the pressure of regimented schooling and
an increasingly pervasive digital ‘tablet culture’? And what can parents
do? Join bestselling children’s writers Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine and
Jamila Gavin and school literacy guru Graham Tyrer to debate these
challenging questions and find out the books that shaped them as they
What are the books that shaped your childhood? Join the debate by tweeting your favourite childhood book – that shaped you as you grew up @cheltfestivals #cheltlitfest
This event is sponsored by the Summerfield Charitable Trust in memory of Jan Urban-Smith, who, in her role as a trustee, helped to make Gloucestershire a better place.
A Room of One’s Own
Sunday 13th October 4-5p.m.
Paula Byrne, Jane Dunne, Sue MacGregor, Jenny Uglow
a year and a door with a lock is what women need in order to write,
claimed Virginia Woolf. Leading biographers Jane Dunn, Paula Byrne and
Jenny Uglow join Sue MacGregor to explore the lives of our greatest
women writers, from Jane Austen to Daphne du Maurier, Elizabeth Gaskell
to Virginia Woolf. What were the challenges and restrictions they
faced? How did they overcome them? And are some of those challenges
still present today?
This event is programmed in association with the Hosking Houses Trust which offers paid residencies to contemporary women writers: www.hoskinghouses.co.uk
For more details about the Festival and to book tickets visit: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com