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Dead Good at the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festivals is one of the leading cultural organisations in the UK. One of the oldest and best-loved literature festivals in the world, it will welcome over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars this October for an inspiring mix of debate and discussion.

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with Cheltenham and Viking Cruises to curate a series of events that showcase the best and most interesting new trends in crime fiction!

Who better to Guest Direct the Dead Good crime strand at Cheltenham than the uber talented Sophie Hannah! She had this to say:

“I’m so excited about the Dead Good strand of the Cheltenham Festival this year. Some of my favourite crime writers will be there – Ruth Rendell and Val McDermid to name just two. It will be brilliant to see the best of contemporary crime fiction prominently featured at one of the best literary festivals.”

Sophie has helped to pull together a fantastic line up of crime stars for you to enjoy from Ruth Rendell to Val McDermid. We’ll be talking about the rise of the marriage thriller, why we love mystery fiction and the enduring appeal of the ever-lovable Hercule Poirot. Join us in October for what promises to be a truly criminal line of events.

A Dead Good Line Up…
Wednesday 8th October:

12.00pm – 1.00pm, Main Hall
Dead Good: Agatha Christie and The Monogram Murders
Join Sophie Hannah, author of the new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders, Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard and curator of the Agatha Christie estate John Curran as they celebrate the English crime writer and best-selling novelist of all time and her most famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Chaired by author and lecturer, Henry Sutton.

2.15pm – 3.15pm, The Salon
Dead Good: Why Do We All Love a Mystery?
Join author Sophie Hannah together with Christopher Fowler (Bryant & May: The Bleeding Heart), Kate Mosse (The Taxidermist’s Daughter) and Henry Sutton (My Criminal World) as they explore the year on year rise in popularity of crime and thriller fiction and our seemingly insatiable appetite for a good mystery.

Friday 10th October:

8.30pm – 9.30pm, Garden Theatre
Dead Good: The Rise of the Marriage Thriller
The Sunday Times columnist and author India Knight delves into the genre that has publishers and the book-buying public in a frenzy with Paula Daly (Keep Your Friends Close), Louise Doughty (Apple Tree Yard) and Natalie Young (Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband).

Sunday 12th October:

11.45am – 12.45pm, Garden Theatre
Dead Good: Ruth Rendell
50 years of Inspector Wexford
Ruth Rendell‘s Chief Inspector Wexford has retired – but his crime solving continues. With countless awards, a peerage and more than 70 books under her belt, she joins us to celebrate 50 years of her most famous creation.

4.00pm – 5.00pm, Spiegeltent
Dead Good: Afternoon tea with Val McDermid
Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid showcases her two new novels – her latest chilling, page-turning crime novel The Skeleton Road; and the second book of the Austen Project, a modern re-imagining of the much loved Jane Austen classic Northanger Abbey. Ticket includes afternoon tea.
(chair tbc)

Don’t delay, get your tickets today! Book Online Here.

With over 500 events there’s only one place to be this October, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literary Festival. Stay tuned as we’ll be discussing the events and giving away tickets over the next month.

1 Comment

    I wish….we are a long way away here good thought though.

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