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Gardening, glamour and gastronomic treats…. crack

It’s that time of year again…Summer is coming to a close, brown leaves start to fall from the trees and thoughts turn to the new school year and winter coats. But it’s not all doom and gloom in Cheltenham as the Autumn brings with it The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival from 8-17th October! Keep your spirits high with this feast of literary legends, star names and outstanding speakers!

If you’re in need of some glitz and glamour to brighten up those grey autumn days, then The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has just the thing for you in the form of a visit from the UK’s highly regarded fashion guru, the loveable Gok Wan. Gok will discuss his new memoir Through Thick and Thin, where he explores the hardship he suffered growing up as an overweight teenager on a housing estate in Leicester and reveals how he managed to become one of the nation’s favourite fashionistas. Another well respected fashion icon, Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall, will be making her way to Cheltenham to reveal all about her latest dramatic role as the alluring Queen of the Nile in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra.

For a feast of foody treats, don’t miss out on the Bitesize series which runs throughout the 10-day festival. Heading up the delicious line-up is culinary goddess Nigella Lawson. She’ll be talking about her brand new book, Kitchen, and her passion for food and home cooking. If you are in need of being transported somewhere warmer, say the Mediterranean, then Italian master chef Anthony Carluccio’s visit to the festival is sure to brighten your spirits. He will be passing on the wisdom of his fifty year career in delicious Italian cooking and encouraging us all to indulge in some Simple Cooking.

As well as these two respected geniuses of the kitchen, Olly Smith, regular on Saturday Kitchen and presenter of Channel 4’s Iron Chef will be taking to the stage at the festival eager to present his new book Eat and Drink. The final addition to the scrumptious Bitesize line-up is another Saturday Kitchen regular, Rachel Allen. She will join Hardeep Singh Kohli to discuss her new book and dazzle the audience with a demonstration of her mouth-watering culinary creations.

Providing the perfect crossover for fans of all things food Gardener’s World regular Jekka McVicar, author of Jekka’s Herb Cookbook, will be coming to Cheltenham to pass on the wisdom from her many years of experience running a herb nursery. So as well as learning how to cook the food, you can get some great tips on how to grow it too. She will be joined by Judith Hann as they explore how to reveal the true delight that these mysterious plants can add to our autumn dinners.

For the more horticulturally minded the Secret Gardens series will plant the seeds of inspiration! Green-fingered Carol Klein will be passing on her gardening expertise as she presents her new book Grow Your Own Garden- Hoe to Propagate All Your Own Plants, encouraging us all to get outside and experience the pleasure of the fruitful task of growing your own food! In addition to this, influential garden designer Dan Pearson will be in town to provide an insight into the beauty that can be produced in the world of landscape design when art is incorporated into your horticultural designs. Plus look out for architecture guru Kevin McCloud, interior design expert Kirstie Allsopp and garden writer Monty Don.

Tickets for The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2010 are on sale now. To browse the full programme, book your tickets and get involved visit:

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