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Cheltenham Festival partnership

clf14-logo-orangesuntimes.pngWe are pleased to announce that Warwick has entered into an exciting partnership with the organisers of the Cheltenham Festivals.

Beginning with the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2014 (October 3-12) and running throughout 2015's Jazz, Science, Music and Literature festivals this will be an amazing opportunity for Warwick to engage with the public, reach out to schools and to raise awareness our talented early career researchers and PhD students.

We will also be collaborating with Cheltenham's organisers on the University’s plans to celebrate our 50th anniversary next year with Cheltenham programming some content at the Festival of the Imagination.

Warwick will be taking part in four events at this year's Literature Festival:

Are we too tolerant of intolerance?

We can either recognise people as equal, or cultures as equal – we cannot do both. Should we tolerate beliefs and behaviour that we consider repressive? Journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik explores this conflict in today’s multicultural Britain with The Times journalist David Aaronovitch, Warwick alumna Claire Fox (BA English and American Literature 1978-81), Director of the Institute of Ideas, Matthew Goodwin (Revolt on the Right) and award-winning comedian Shazia Mirza. Introduced by Professor Maureen Freely from the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies
Friday 3rd October 2014 6.15-7.15pm, Garden Theatre

This changes everything: capitalism vs the climate

Following the powerful anti-austerity message of The Shock Doctrine, awardwinning author and activist Naomi Klein takes on climate change and explores the radical implications for our future on this planet. This Warwick Prize for Writing event will be introduced by Warwick alumna AL Kennedy (BA Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts 1983-86), Associate Professor from the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.
Saturday 11th October 2014 11.45-12.45pm, The Forum

Debate: Future of Words

The way we consume, value and engage with words is changing fast. This Warwick Commission debate will look at the challenges and opportunities facing a new generation of writers in this shifting cultural landscape. Roly Keating is joined by novelist A. L. Kennedy, publisher Gail Rebuck, spoken-word artist Amerah Saleh and games writer and novelist Rebecca Levene to discuss the future of writing in the UK. It will be introduced by Vikki Heywood, Chair of the Warwick Commission.
Saturday 11th October 2014 3.30-4.30pm, Garden Theatre

Hilary Mantel

With two novels both claiming the Man Booker Prize, Hilary Mantel is one of Britain’s most accomplished writers. She unveils her latest work, a collection of ten short stories – The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Introduced by Professor Nigel Thrift, Warwick's Vice-Chancellor.
Sunday 12th October 2014 5.30-6.30pm, The Forum

Other speakers at this year's event will include:

Martin Amis
Margaret Atwood
Simon Barnes
Mary Beard
Harrison Birtwistle
Heston Blumenthal
Geoffrey Boycott
Kevin Bridges
Tanya Byron
Sol Campbell
Richard Curtis
Jenny Éclair
Ranulph Fiennes

Richard Ford
Liam Fox
Antonia Fraser
Patrick French
Rebecca Front
Charlotte Green
Susan Greenfield
Mark Haddon
Sheila Hancock
Emma Healey
Kazuo Ishiguro
Howard Jacobson
Christina Lamb

Doreen Lawrence
Damian Lewis
James Lovelock
Neil MacGregor
Helen McCrory
Andrew Marr
Ian McEwan
David Mitchell
George Monbiot
Caitlin Moran
Stephen Moss
David Nicholls
Yotam Ottolenghi

Nicholas Parsons
Grayson Perry
Ian Rankin
Andrew Roberts
Salman Rushdie
Simon Schama
Edward St Aubyn
Gareth Thomas
Alan Titchmarsh
Colm Tóibín
Rose Tremain
Rowan Williams
Jonathan Yeo

For more information on all Cheltenham Festival activities and to buy tickets, visit