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01 Oct 2020

The digital evolution of Cheltenham Literature Festival

Peter Horton

Peter Horton

Divisional Director

In these challenging times it is more important than ever to continue to support the Arts and our local community.

Rising to the challenge of the ‘new normal’

As part of our commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the communities we work in, we have been supporting Cheltenham Festivals for over 40 years.


We’re delighted to see the return of the highly anticipated Cheltenham Literature Festival once again this year, in spite of the logistical challenge posed by social distancing regulations. While attendance numbers will be limited under current government guidelines, the world’s oldest literature festival is evolving with the times with a pioneering, new, digital format and we are thrilled to be supporting through our sponsorship of a very exciting event.

Ian Hislop at 60

Among the biggest names in publishing speaking at the festival is Ian Hislop, one of the UK’s best-loved satirists, known for his work in print (Private Eye), television (Have I Got News For You), and radio. Following a recent landmark birthday, he will be hosting the event, ‘Ian Hislop at 60’, sponsored by Investec.


The event will be streaming live from the Everyman Theatre at 9pm on Sunday 11 October to a digital audience able to interact with the speaker and with other festivalgoers.

Join the festivities

Starting on 2 October 2020, the festival will present more than 130 events over 10 days, which will, for the first time, be livestreamed through a digital hub on the Cheltenham Festivals website to an audience around the globe. Speakers include fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, comedians, and commentators.


You can register for free to watch ‘Ian Hislop at 60’ or any of the other events of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, live as it happens. Alternatively, subscribe to the digital service #CheltLitFest Player for £20 to watch or listen on-demand, until 31 December 2020.

Online Box Office

To find out more and book tickets please visit the online box office.

About the author

To contact or read more about Peter Horton, visit his biography here.

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