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Accio! JK's here

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

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WHETHER hard-hitting political debate is your thing, a generous slice of comedy or scientific investigation, the Cheltenham Literature Festival has something for every taste.

Opening today, this year's event has some of the biggest names in television, art, politics, theatre and sport to involve, amuse, annoy or interest the thousands of people who attend.

More than 600 of the world's leading writers, thinkers, actors, politicians, comedians and modern wits will feature in the festival, which runs until October 14.

Some of the headlining names include JK Rowling talking about her first adult novel, Olympic gold medalist and Strictly contestant Victoria Pendleton (pictured right), celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and controversial author Salman Rushdie.

Some of the big name events that have already sold out include comedians David Walliams and David Mitchell, diplomat Kofi Annan, Sherlock and Parade's End star Benedict Cumberbatch and of course JK Rowling.

Pick from a huge range of topics from travel, science and food and drink to political intrigue, stand-up humour and children's literature.

As well as the shows, there are food and drink evenings, writing workshops and family fun talks and activities to sink your teeth into.

Ticket sales have reached record numbers, with more than 90,000 bought in the first 22 days of sale and some events selling out within days.

■ Flick inside The Buzz to find an interview with our lovely local funnyfella Dom Joly on page 2 and a round-up of the kids' events at the festival on page 7.

Helen Blow

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