Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019

October sees the annual Cheltenahm Literature Festival and this year I’ve spent in excess of £150 on tickets and new books to read.

In the first couple of days alone I’ve seen former Prime Minister David Cameron; Victoria Hislop on German occupied Greece during the Second World War; and former Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys.

I’m not exactly an avid reader, I tend to dip in and out of things when I feel like it; That said, the new books published by all 3 now sit in my bedroom, waiting for me to read them – I’m particularly looking forward to reading Victoria Hislop’s one because the subject of wartime Greece is fascinating.

I couldn’t let this week pass without mentioning Peter Sissons. I was sad to hear this week that he has died. The very first year I went to the Cheltenham Literature Festival, which was during my first month at uni in Cheltenham, back in 2011, I saw him talking at the festival.

Afterwards while he was signing my copy of his book, he gave me some brilliant advice which I will always remember: Radio is television for old people. Radio will always be important.

I’ve got plenty more things at Cheltenham to see over the next few days: Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe on Thursday, then next weekend – The Beatles and Me; Max Hastings; and Politics Tamed: Working At No. 10.

Bye for now.


Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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