17 – 26 May


Nicole Flattery to participate in Cheltenham Literary Festival’s ‘Seven at Seventy’ celebrations

We are delighted to announce that Irish writer Nicole Flattery has been selected to take part of Cheltenham Literary Festival's Seven at Seventy celebrations, marking seventy years of the festival.

Flattery, whose debut short story collection Show Them a Good Time was released to acclaim earlier this year, will participate in the extraordinary programme of over 500 events taking place in the heart of Regency Cheltenham from 4 – 13 October 2019.

As part of Seven at Seventy, seven Guest Curators will lend their unique voices and wealth of expertise to the programming team led by Nicola Tuxworth. This includes a unique set of discussions exploring some of the key social and cultural touchpoints from the past seven decades, including the novels that have defined our times.

The Guest Curators are novelist and editor Max Porter; Slay in Your Lane authors Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené; broadcaster and historian Dominic Sandbrook; acclaimed literary novelist Tessa Hadley; poet and Out-Spoken founder Anthony Anaxagorou; Head of Chatham House US, Leslie Vinjamuri; and children’s author Robin Stevens.

Seven at Seventy will bring the best of the best to Cheltenham with seven high profile authors reflecting on their breakout book in a special series of Celebrate With… events, as well as shining a spotlight on new talent with seven major showcases of new writing.

Literature festivals around the world are also set to join the anniversary celebrations with seven leading festivals each selecting a writer to join Cheltenham’s 70th programme:
• Verb Festival (Wellington, New Zealand) invites poet Chris Tse
• Ake Arts and Book Festival (Lagos, Nigeria) invites poet and journalist Wana Udobang
• Tokyo International Literature Festival (Tokyo, Japan) invites writer and artist Kanako Nishi
• Litquake (San Francisco, USA) invites novelist and essayist Esme Wang
• International Literature Festival Dublin (Dublin, Ireland) invites writer Nicole Flattery
• Toronto International Festival of Authors (Toronto, Canada) invites novelist Sarah Henstra
• FILBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina) invites* Hernán Ronsino*

The celebration of international literature continues with 70 global book festivals each recommending one title they would like Cheltenham audiences to add to their bookshelves to form a Reading the World reading list.

In the lead up to October, the Festival will delve into its incredible archive of audio recordings, reflecting on the rich literary heritage of agenda-setting conversation through seven unique podcasts featuring clips from key events in the past seventy years. The Festival will also be building on its innovative Podcast-in-Residence role, which last year was led by Mostly Lit. A new resident podcast will look behind the scenes of the Festival alongside link-ups with seven further bookish podcasts.