Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016

What a fantastic day we had on the final day of the annual Cheltenham Literature Festival. Our little family packed up and got in the car for a good two and a half hour drive across to Cheltenham this weekend just gone with the express purpose of seeing some of our favourite authors and going a little crazy in the book tent!

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is a unique fortnight of all things books, staged in a beautiful Georgian town that we hadn’t visited before. Tickets sell out really quickly and you generally have to have membership to secure the hottest tickets. I booked our tickets the moment they were on general sale and therefore we got pretty much everything we wanted. It can be a seriously expensive shop – originally my ticket basket was well over £200.

I met and got Owen Jones to sign a couple of books for me, which I was really thrilled about as I urge anyone who hasn’t to read his excellent book / essay ‘The Establishment’ it’s seriously life changing. We saw ‘there’s nothing quite like a Dame’ Vivienne Westwood in conversation with Kirsty Wark, go climate revolution! I think she has convinced this household to go green and get green energy supplied. We spent a long time in the Waterstones book tent for children and picked up a shocking £60+ worth of children’s books for a certain small person! All signed by their authors and illustrators – Babette Cole and Michael Rosen among them (my own childhood heroes!).

We will definitely be back next year, and plan to stay overnight so we can do at least two days and I can immerse myself in all things book! A few photos to give you a flavour of our adventure below.