Partnering with the Literature Festival

Published: Monday September 3, 2018

Bishop Rachel will be giving a lecture at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Wednesday 10 October, 12.3- to 1.30pm (L168)

In the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the great struggle for change that preceded it, the first female diocesan bishop reflects on her own story, and on the divisions which exist between people in this country. How can we live out who we truly are, for good, and embrace the difference around us?

Please do come along and support Bishop Rachel in this event.

For tickets for this event and all our sponsored events click here 

We will be running a children’s tent with activities called the Chatterbox, daily.

Pop in and make an origami chatterbox, hang a leaf on our Tree of Hopes and Dreams and have fun coming up with ideas and answers to our curious questions – just bring your imagination! And if you are passing, come along and say hello.


The Diocese of Gloucester is also sponsoring a number of events.

Neil MacGregor: Living with the Gods (L030)

Saturday 6 October, 10.30 to 11.30am

With characteristic verve, the former Director of the British Museum brilliantly turns a kaleidoscope of objects to discover how rituals and shared narratives have shaped our societies and explores humanity’s enduring need to believe and belong.


[Un]heard voices (L150)

Tuesday 9 October, 6.30-7.45pm

How do we give a voice to the unheard? Local playwright Marton Lytton has been working with Gloucestershire’s homeless and vulnerably housed people to create a performance that aims to change the conversation around homelessness. The play, which is written, directed and performed by the participants of the programme, will be followed by a discussion with members of the cast, chaired by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek.


Helena Kennedy (L234)

Friday 12 October, 2.15 to 3.15pm

The eminent barrister takes a deeply shocking look at the British justice system, examining pressing new evidence that women are still being discriminated against. From the High Court to female prisons, she argues that change for women must start at the heart of what makes society just.


This book saved my life (L236)

Friday 12 October, 3.30 to 4.30pm

Books can make us laugh,  cry or bring us comfort in our darkest moments. Scarlett Curtis talks to writer and journalist Matt Haig (Notes on a nervous planet), New Zealand poet and writer Ashleigh Young (Can you tolerate this?) and writer and critic Laura Freeman (The Reading Cure), as they reflect upon books that have had a significant positive impact on their mental health and invite the audience to share their own must-reads.


Social media: Find your tribe (L254)

Friday 12 October, 8-9pm

#saggyboobsmatter #effyourbeautystandards #iweigh: hashtags like these have become slogans that capture the attention of millions, galvanize social movements and empower people worldwide. Body positive activist Megan Jayne Crabbe (Body Positive Power) and award-winning blogger Chidera Eggerue (The Slumflower: What a time to be alone) and talk to columnist and Pink Protest founder Scarlett Curtis about how online networks can be harnessed to improve body image, build self-esteem and encourage us to celebrate ourselves for who we are.

One thought on “Partnering with the Literature Festival

  1. I was very inspired by Bishop Rachel’s lecture at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and wonder if this was recorded or planned to be available on line. If so I would be very interested to have a copy.

    Thank you.

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