What to see at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2023

What to see at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2023

Each year we've made a ritual of selecting our top picks for things to see at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. We are so lucky to have such a broad range of talented authors dropping into Cheltenham Town.

If you've managed to get tickets to any of these, we're looking forward to seeing you there! We'll also be hosting a couple of events this year which we would love for you to join us for. 

The Secret Secondhand Bookshop 

6th - 15th October at MIMMO Studios

In celebration of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, MIMMO Studios have cherry-picked a selection of secondhand books from the Oxfam Bookshop, Cheltenham.

Available at The Secret Secondhand Bookshop on the first floor of MIMMO Studios, where you can also enjoy a coffee in the Espresso Bar. Proceeds from book sales go to Oxfam. 

Max La Manna

Sunday 8 October 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Friend of MIMMO Studios, Max La Manna is an award-winning author and low-waste chef, passionate about sharing ways in which we can enjoy delicious food whilst fighting food waste. He speaks about the simple changes we can make to live a more planet friendly life. He’s just released his second cook book ‘You Can Cook This!

Sebastian Faulks 

Sunday 8 October 2023 6:45pm - 7:45pm

Favourite author of MIMMO Studios co-founder Katie, Sebastian Faulks introduces his new book ‘The Seventh Son’, a spectacular examination of what it means to be human. He joins Daniel Hahn to discuss it, and the complex ethical issues it explores. 

Ian McEwan Revisits Atonement

Monday 9 October 2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm

On the hottest day of 1934, a 13-year-old’s misunderstanding sets in motion a chain of events that will alter the course of three people’s lives, and for which she will spend her whole life trying to atone. Critical acclaim, record sales and an Oscar-nominated film made Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel Atonement a publishing phenomenon. He revisits it with Clare Clark.

No Offence, But … 

Monday 9 October 2023 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Talking about social justice can be tough when we’re met with outrage, disagreement and echo chambers. And winning the argument doesn’t necessarily mean we’re right. Philosopher Arianne Shahvisi, political activist Gina Martin* and journalist Rafael Behr discuss how we can bridge our political, generational or cultural divides and bring about change when it comes to the most urgent issues of our time. Chaired by Julia Wheeler.

Andi Oliver’s Caribbean

Friday 13 October 2023 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Caribbean cooking is the cooking of 700 islands, each bringing their own flavour to the plate. TV chef Andi Oliver reveals the melting pot of cultural influences, history and heritage that has uniquely shaped its cuisine. Over a vibrant dinner inspired by The Pepperpot Diaries, she chats with daughter Miquita Oliver about their Caribbean travels and reconnecting with their Antiguan roots. Ticket includes a three-course dinner and a drink on arrival.

Liv Little and Yomi Adegoke

Sunday 15 October 2023 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Two debut novelists share their highly-anticipated reads: Slay in Your Lane author Yomi Adegoke’s The List explores the fall-out of a media power couple after a very public allegation. Gal-dem founder Liv Little’s Rosewater is a queer black love story that celebrates chosen family and staying true to yourself.


Sunday 15 October 5.30 - 6.30pm

Want to run a sustainable business, but not sure where to start? Katie Brown and Lil Gardiner established MIMMO Studios in 2021, driven by their commitment to reduce the fashion industry’s impact on the climate crisis. Whether you want to shake up your current business approach or create a more sustainable one, hear expert insights and imagine the future outside current systems.