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The stars align at Cheltenham Literature Festival

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

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CELEB-watching is the most popular pastime in Cheltenham this week as the Literature Festival continues apace.

On a quick walk through Montpellier or Imperial Gardens it is almost impossible not to spot a star or two as they join thousands of others in soaking up the festival atmosphere.

It is another record-breaking event this year, with more tickets than ever before being sold.

This weekend, appearances by the likes of David Walliams (pictured above) and Marcus Brigstocke are already sold out.

But there are plenty more starring names who still have places available, including comedian David Mitchell,politician Vince Cable and Strictly Come Dancing stars dancer Anton du Beke and judge Darcey Bussell.

Hugely popular comedian David Walliams will pull in the crowds on Sunday at The Forum to mark the publication of his autobiography Camp David.

Later the same day, prima ballerina and Strictly judge Darcey Bussell shares her memories and personal anecdotes of a life in dance.

Today, get your taste buds tingling with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's talk about Three Good Things – the scrumptious ideas inside his latest recipe book.

Comedian Dom Joly,who lives near Cirencester, will chat about his latest 'holiday,' investigating monster sightings around the world, from The Congo to Canada.

Tomorrow there is plenty of contrast for all tastes, including a talk by Countryfile favourite Julia Bradburyabout the making of the popular BBC series Wainwright Walks.

On the other side of the coin, comedian and intellectual Ben Miller combines laughs with science, discussing the 10 most spectacular things in science everyone needs to know.

Journalists Jeremy Vine and Jeremy Bowen share their experiences in the media, while politician Vince Cable discusses his love of books on Sunday.

Popular comedy game show panellist David Mitchell discusses his autobiography Back Story, promising to pull it apart with the audience on Sunday.

There is still loads of fun and frolics in store for children in the final Book It! weekend, with much-loved characters including Peter Rabbit, Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam showing up.

Terry Pratchett will talk about his new novel Dodger, while Sir Charlie Stinky Socks author Kristina Stephenson talks about her hero's latest adventures.

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