Cheltenham Literature Festival - 2008 Festival

2008 Festival

'Festival Features'

Features included a series of readings from past Man Booker Prize winners, BBC Radio 4 recordings, and "The Times Debate".

Guest Directors

Kate Adie and Ian Rankin


"The family, and how it shapes who we are and how we live, read and write. Why have particular families become dynasties shaping entire nations? How have writers drawn on their family experiences and those of others?"

Artists and authors

Toni Morrison, Ian Rankin, Kate Adie, Patrick Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Simon Schama, David Starkey, Antony Sher, Michael Parkinson, Terry Jones, Tony Robinson, Sandi Toksvig, Dawn French, Simon Armitage, Clive James, Ruth Rendell, Alexander McCall Smith, Bruce Parry, Ray Mears, Frank Skinner, Janet Street-Porter, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, John Barrowman, Russell T Davies, Dave Gorman, Charley Boorman, Alexei Sayle, Mark Thomas, and Laura Ulewicz.


More than 450 writers and over 350 events, a new outdoor voices off stage in the town centre, more free events for children, and more events in The Centaur.

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