Cheltenham Literature Festival at The Daffodil

6th-15th October 2017

For book lovers everywhere, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the only place to be this autumn. From 6-15 October 2017 we will welcome the world’s greatest writers and thinkers to Cheltenham.

The Daffodil will be hosting speakers and events daily throughout the festival, tied in with delicious food from head chef Tom Rains.

Tue 10th

October

8.30 -10am // The Times Brexit Breakfast: The Winners And Losers

£20 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes cooked breakfast.

Who in Britain stands to gain from Brexit? And who is vulnerable? Young and old, north and south, in business and in politics, there is much at stake. Join the columnist Philip Collins and the Economics Editor Philip Aldrick of The Times as they discuss the likely scenarios.
Tue 10th

October

12.30 - 2.30pm // Lunch With Kirstie Allsopp

SOLD OUT

The queen of home-making shares delicious dishes from her new book, Kirstie’s Real Kitchen. With her characteristic warmth and style, she shows how to make something special out of the everyday. In conversation with Steven Gale.
Tue 10th

October

4 - 5:30pm // The Husband Hunters

£20 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes afternoon tea with finger sandwiches.

The end of the nineteenth century saw young American heiresses marry into the British upper class, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Join Anne de Courcy for tea as she sets the stories of these women and their families in the context of their times.
Tue 10th

October

7:30 - 10pm // Good Food, Good Wine With Victoria Moore

£50 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a three course dinner with matched wines.

Want to pick the perfect wine for dinner? Wondering what to eat with a special bottle? Let Victoria Moore, award-winning wine writer and weekly drinks columnist for the Telegraph be your guide as she shares tips from The Wine Dine Dictionary, a unique handbook which will help you make more informed choices about what to eat and drink. Enjoy a delicious dinner with matched wines and let Victoria take you through not only what goes together, but why the combination works.
Wed 11th

October

12.30 - 2.30pm // Lunch with Miles Jupp

£30 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes two course lunch and a glass of wine.

Miles Jupp’s alter-ego Damien Trench, cookery writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s comedy In and Out of the Kitchen takes us on a journey through his childhood and his early inspirations – both culinary and otherwise – with occasional diversions to the present. Join him for a delicious lunch using his own favourite recipes from his new memoir, Eggs and Soldiers, as he shares stories… in characteristic detail.
Wed 11th

October

4 - 5.30pm // Journeying Through Scotland’s Islands

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Islay, Skye, Orkney, Shetland… the names alone conjure images of wind-whipped beauty and romantic isolation. Steeped in Gaelic traditions, Scotland’s quiet-seeming islands boast rich histories and their magnificent land and seascapes have touched generations of travellers, artists and writers. Enjoy a traditional Scottish tea as singer-songwriter Malachy Tallack (60 Degrees North and The Un-Discovered Islands) plays music inspired by the islands and, with author Madeleine Bunting (Love of Country) reflects on the magnetic pull of these remote corners of our land. Chaired by Julia Wheeler.
Wed 11th

October

7.30 - 9.30pm // Andina: Stories From The Andes

£50 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a three course dinner and a drink on arrival.

Join us for an exclusive event, as awardwinning chef and author Martin Morales brings his new cookbook, Andina: The Heart of Peruvian Food to life. Enjoy the coming together of an exquisite multi-sensory dinner and a biographical one-man show from the pioneer of Peruvian food. With a specially created three-course-menu full of flavours, stories, live cooking and Latin vibes we travel deep into the Andes to celebrate its magnificent cuisine, culture, people and stories.
Thu 12th

October

4 - 5.30pm // Afternoon Tea With Alastair Sawday

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Campaigner, publisher and explorer Alastair Sawday has spent his life travelling. With Julia Wheeler he discusses his memoir, Travelling Light, a charming account of his stories from the road and the pleasures of slow travel.
Fri 13th

October

8.30 - 10am // Brexit Breakfast: Boomtime For Business

£20 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a cooked breakfast.

Is Brexit an opportunity or a threat for British business? As Britain readies itself for life outside the EU we debate how the economic landscape might change. How will trade deals be made, and with who? Will brand Britain survive and thrive? The Times business columnist and Sky presenter Ian King joins branding expert Robert Jones (Branding: A Very Short Introduction) in conversation with business expert Dharshini David to consider the options and answer your questions.
Fri 13th

October

12.30 - 2.30pm // Claridge’s: Luxury In The Heart Of Mayfair

£30 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a two course lunch and a glass of wine.

Claridge’s has long been known for exceptional dining. Executive Chef Martyn Nail’s Claridge’s: The Cookbook celebrates that heritage sharing their best-loved dishes. He brings the extraordinary experience of dining at Claridge’s to Cheltenham and is joined by food writer Julia Leonard to share what happens behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous luxury hotels.
Fri 13th

October

4 - 5.30pm // What Larks! The Boarding School Tea

SOLD OUT

In this wonderfully entertaining, evocative and sometimes eye-opening conversation authors Ysenda Maxtone Graham (Terms & Conditions) and Julie Welch (Too Marvellous For Words) recall the eccentric world of girls’ boarding schools in the post-war decades. While their brothers at Eton and Harrow were doing quadratic equations, girls were learning how to lay the table for lunch. From taking your pony to school, to midnight feasts in freezing dorms – they look back with a mixture of horror and humour with Paul Blezard.
Fri 13th

October

8 - 10.30pm // Thomasina Miers

£50 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a three course dinner and a drink on arrival.

Join the founder of Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca for a delicious three course dinner, bursting with imagination, big flavours and personality. Sharing her most-loved recipes from her new book Home Cook, Thomasina Miers shows that home cooking is all about having fun with great ingredients and enjoying good food any day of the week. Chaired by Julia Leonard
Sat 14th

October

9 - 10.30am // The Times Brexit Breakfast: What Does Europe Want?

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What does a successful Brexit look like from across the Channel? For all the grandstanding and non-negotiable red lines, EU countries have differing priorities. Join The Times Deputy Editor Emma Tucker, Berlin Correspondent David Charter (What Has the EU Ever Done for Us?) and Diplomatic Correspondent Catherine Philp as they give an insider’s guide to the key European players and personalities in the countdown to Brexit.
Sat 14th

October

1 - 3pm // Tapas With Jose Pizarro

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Join award-winning chef and bestselling author Jose Pizarro (Catalonia: Recipes from Barcelona and Beyond) on a culinary tour of Catalonia. From buzzy Barcelona to gorgeous Girona and the secluded beaches of the Costa Brava, be transported to this special area of Spain as you enjoy a delicious tapas lunch. Showcasing the best recipes from the region and giving expert advice on creating them at home, Jose will inspire you to get into the kitchen at once. Chaired by food writer Julia Leonard.
Sat 14th

October

4.30 - 6pm // Straight Up: Where And What To Drink On Every Continent

£20 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a selection of cocktails - Over 18s only.

Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley are at the forefront of expertise and innovation in the spirits world. From whisky to gin, cognac to exotic drinks, the duo have a wealth of knowledge to share. Join them for a tasting of delicious cocktails from the best drinking spots around the globe and hear their insider tips on how to find the coolest bars wherever you may be.
Sat 14th

October

8 - 10.30pm // The Scent Of Hibiscus: A Nigerian Night

£50 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a three course dinner and a drink on arrival.

Join the rising star of African cooking Lopè Ariyo for an incredible evening of mouthwateringly fresh flavours and delicious dishes from her new cookbook Hibiscus. In an evening celebrating the best of Nigerian cuisine and culture, we welcome performances by JJ Bola and Chibundu Onuzo (Welcome to Lagos).
Sun 15th

October

10 - 11:30am // Marcus Brigstocke’s Big Sunday Brunch

£25 plus transaction fee*; Ticket includes a cooked breakfast.

Back by popular demand! Relax over a delicious breakfast while Marcus Brigstocke along with Countdown presenter Nick Hewer, Festival Guest Director Jess Phillips and poet Ian Duhig review the week’s big news stories as told by the Sunday papers. They decipher the headlines, bash the broadsheets and tear through the tabloids, picking out the topical, funny and downright odd stories of the day.
Sun 15th

October

1 - 3pm // Sunday Lunch with Henry Blofeld

SOLD OUT

Henry Blofeld’s voice is the sound of the summer to thousands of cricket lovers all over the world. ‘Blowers’ has been a commentator on Test Match Special for over forty years and cricket fans all over the world adore him. Join him for a special Sunday lunch as he shares his favourite moments in the sport and recounts behind the scenes anecdotes and stories in his unique style. Chaired by Alex Clark.
Sun 15th

October

4.30 - 6pm // A book and a bottle

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A hit at last year’s festival, Damian Barr brings A Book And A Bottle back for a delicious hour of reading, wine-tasting and talking with the best-selling and beloved Rachel Joyce. The Music Shop, her fourth novel, follows record-shop owner Frank, who has a talent for music therapy: from his great stack of vinyl he can find the very song to cure his customers of their emotional woes. Sample three wines from Corney & Barrow to match this gorgeous novel.