The festival opens on Friday 3rd October when we are offering a free pair of tickets for The Great Outdoors Writers Will Atkins (The Moor) and John Lewis-Stempel (Meadowland) and natural navigator Tristan Gooley (The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs) discuss our relationship with the British countryside.
Cheltenham Literature Festival 3-12 October
“Nature has always been a boundless source of inspiration for writers over the centuries" says Cheltenham's Candice Pearson, "so of course we always programme a number of events about, or informed by, the natural world”.
Writers and nature lovers have so much in common: both are great observers of their surroundings
I asked Candice why nature is such a strong theme at Cheltenham. “Writers and nature lovers have so much in common: both are great observers of their surroundings, perceiving and drawing meaning from the countless mini dramas that take place but go unnoticed by most”.
expect our view of the countryside to be challenged
On 11th we can expect our view of the countryside to be challenged when Guardian columnist George Monbiot gives a deeply personal talk about reconnecting with nature and challenging what he calls “ecological boredom”. Later in the day Monbiot will be joined by Nick Bostrom (Superintelligence) and Ian Goldin (The Butterfly Defect and Is the Planet Full?) to contemplate the global landscape in 2114.
For full details of the many other green bits in this year's Cheltenham Festival, from Amazonian river life to water voles, see our What's On page.