Cheltenham Literature Festival

In the twenty-five years I've lived in Cheltenham, October and the literature festival have become synonymous for me. I always attend as many events as I can, the town transformed for the ten day festival, huge tents taking over the formal gardens, lights strung overhead, autumn colours in the trees, and rustling under foot. There's a buzz about the town, celebs spotted in coffee shops, Prosecco sipped between events, the focus...books, books, and more books.  It's all very lovely, very Cheltenham.

Can you imagine my excitement therefore, when I was invited to take part?  

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The audience were great, asking questions and listening intently to my readings from CLOSE TO ME, and despite my concerns that half an hour was a very long time on my own on stage, it flew by. I then signed books in the Waterstones' book tent, until they sold out of all copies! 

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It was an amazing experience, and I'd like to thank the festival organisers, particularly Becca Di Francesco, Literature Festival Programme Co-ordinator, for inviting me to take part in 'Cheltenham Writes!' an initiative championing local writers.