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For ten days in October several hundred of the world’s finest writers, thinkers, performers and leading opinion-formers descend on Cheltenham to celebrate the joy of the written and spoken word. The world’s oldest literature festival (est. 1949) with over 500 events spanning history, art, current affairs, sport, food and fashion, it brings together the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats, political debates fresh from the party conference season, a vibrant family and schools programme, and late nights with cutting-edge spoken word performances. In 2018 the Festival will explore the theme of ‘East Meets West’.
Around 9,000 school children will experience the Festival, receiving inspiration from leading writers and illustrators. The Festival has developed its flagship Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils outreach project, enabling teachers and their pupils in 36 schools to rediscover the joy of reading and a new national poetry project Words That Burn in partnership with Amnesty International UK and The Poetry Hour.