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Opportunities at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2013

4 - 13 October 2013

The Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious in the world. During our 63rd Festival in 2012 we sold over 140,000 tickets and held 500 events on our Festival sites which are set in beautiful parkland in the centre of regency Cheltenham. We’re looking forward to another successful Literature Festival in October.

This year’s Festival theme explores memory and how it shapes us both individually and as a society. November 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, and as we are also approaching the centenary of the start of the First World War in 2014, it is an especially apt time to consider the fundamental role memory plays in underpinning our lives, our wider culture, our interpretation of the past and our shaping of the future. In the words of Tennessee Williams: ‘Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going’; memory is fundamental to our own sense of identity and a theme which offers fertile ground for the Festival to explore, especially in our events focussing on autobiography and memoir, poetry, history and of course fiction. 

We’ve committed to continuing the series Locally Sourced in 2013. We’re therefore inviting members of the Society of Authors to submit their writing for possible inclusion in the series.

It would be helpful if you could send us a copy of your book – if already published – or if yet to be published some background information alongside a short excerpt from the manuscript. We’d be very grateful if you’d send us a copy rather than any original manuscript, illustrations or artwork as we won’t, I’m afraid, be able to return documents submitted.

If you have submitted your work to us before, we are careful to keep work on file so there is no need to send us another copy if you wish your work to be considered again. Instead, please send a brief updated email of any new work and highlight previously submitted work you wish to be considered. 

Please send your writing by email to: literature@cheltenhamfestivals.com  or by post to Sarah Smyth, Artistic Director, Cheltenham Festivals, 109-111 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7LS. The deadline is 31st May 2013. 

If we are interested in pursuing a suggestion, or require further information, we will be in touch as soon as possible after the deadline. If you have not heard from us by the end of July, then please assume that there is regrettably no room in the programme on this occasion. 




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