Stanley Tucci, Stephen King and Bono are among the stars confirmed for this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival.
First held in 1949, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the oldest literature festival in the world and features lectures and discussions from a variety of authors, journalists and public figures.
In 2022, the festival will host over 500 events and almost 1,000 authors over 10 days, with its fiction program including Ian McEwan, Malorie Blackman and Alexander McCall Smith.
Acclaimed American horror and fantasy author Stephen King is set to go online remotely for a rare interview with BBC Radio 4 journalist Mark Lawson.
Best-selling novelist Ian Rankin, nominated OBE for services to literature, will return to the festival with a brand new thriller in his Detective Rebus series.
Following its launch at last year’s festival, Cheltenham’s Voicebox program will return, aiming to bring young people’s voices to the fore with a range of talks, workshops, panels and music.
A variety of rising stars will be offered a platform to share their work and in addition to spoken word, poetry and performances by young local and national talent, the events will also explore topics and trends including health mentality, activism and LGBT experiences. .
The Classic Literature programming will celebrate some of the most beloved classic works from Britain and beyond.
As part of the scholarly list, Sarah Churchwell will examine Gone with the Wind in an effort to help explain the divisions in the United States today.
While the Irish Anne Enright, Daniel Mulhall and Pat McCabe will delve into James Joyce’s magnum opus and the historic modernist work Ulysses on the occasion of its centenary.
A number of foodie events will also take place over the 10 days of the festival, with appearances by chef Angela Hartnett and singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her husband Richard Jones who will share recipes from their Kitchen Discos, which the couple got into during lockdown and saw them dancing around their kitchen under a disco ball.
TV favorites Dame Mary Berry and The Hairy Bikers will also engage in discussions about their love of food.
The 2022 Cheltenham Literature Festival will host a series of music-focused events, including a discussion with Irish singer-songwriter Bono about his new memoir and the stories that led him to write for the first time, as well than a heartfelt discussion between Nick Cave and journalist Sean O’Hagan about the grieving process following the death of Cave’s son earlier this year.
Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby will also be there to reflect on his 50-year career at the BBC and share his thoughts on the monarchy, politics and the current state of Britain.
Best-selling author of All I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton – is set to discuss some of her favorite letters from an agony aunt to Dear Dolly from her column in The Sunday Times Style magazine , while British Vogue editor Edward Enninful will reflect on his journey from working class underdog to fashion industry heavyweight with writer Afua Hirsch.
The Cheltenham Literature Festival takes place October 7-16, with tickets on sale to festival members later this month, followed by general booking on September 7.