Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020

Published: Tuesday September 15, 2020

The diocesan team can’t be at the Literature Festival with our family tent this year, but we are proud to be sponsoring two events at this year’s Festival.

Silencing your inner critic

Wednesday 7 October

Have you ever wished you could get out of your own way? Self-sabotage impacts even the most determined and ambitious individuals, and with the best parts of our lives often shared and celebrated online, it can be easy to fall into a mindset of insecurity, comparison and uncertainty. Writer and podcaster Emma Gannon (Sabotage), Comparison Coach Lucy Sheridan (The Comparison Cure), and journalist and writer Stephanie Yeboah (Fatilly Ever After) explore how we can challenge unhelpful behaviours and increase self-confidence, sharing advice on how to silence the negative voice in your head in order to reach your goals.


Has Coronavirus changed our community?

Tuesday 6 October

From panic-buying melees to socially-distanced lockdowns, Hashi Mohamed explores how our communities coped at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and asks whether we have seen changes as a result. In Gloucestershire’s worst week at the hands of coronavirus, 54 people lost their lives in our hospitals. Key workers on the front lines have been unflagging in their efforts to ensure our safety and a return to a ‘new normal’ at the very least. Leader of Gloucestershire Council Mark Hawthorne, The Bishop of Gloucester Rachel Treweek and author Madeleine Bunting (Labours of Love) discuss how our community rallied and what has changed in this strange time. This event is part of The Citizens’ Manifesto series in which we want to bring people together to share stories, make sense of this moment and discuss the choices we now face for the future. We want to know what’s important to you; what are you concerned about, hopeful for and looking forward to in the future? What elements of our lockdown lives should we maintain? And what has been exposed as outdated?

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