BRIAN MAY AND DENIS PELLERIN
THE POOR MAN’S PICTURE GALLERY
TUE 7 OCT 2014 6:45PM – 7:45PM
THE SALON, MONTPELLIER GARDENS £8 –
MEMBERS 10% OFF
Published to coincide with a six-month Tate Britain exhibition, Queen guitarist Brian May and co-author Denis Pellerin introduce The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery, a collection of 3D Victorian images, published by The London Stereoscopic Company. In this lavishly illustrated event they share their lifelong passion for the extraordinary and beguiling 19th century art of stereoscopic photography and its hidden relationship to popular paintings. 3D glasses provided!
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Brian May – Cheltenham Literature Festival
Cheltenham Festival 2014The full programme for the Cheltenham Literature Festival has just been announced to the Press – online for with booking info today – and we can now reveal that featured speakers will include Brian May and Denis Pellerin, talking about their latest, soon to be published book “A Poor Man’s Picture Gallery”. This will be Tuesday 7 October 2014 6:45PM – 7:45PM. The talk will be followed by a book signing!!
THE SALON, MONTPELLIER GARDEN
Cheltenham Festivals website
9 August 2014
JUDI DENCH, DAMIAN LEWIS. JOHN CLEESE AND KEVIN PIETERSEN JOIN CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Sheila Hancock, Brian Blessed, Hilary Mantel, Brian May, Salman Rushdie, Grayson Perry and more are all scheduled to appear at the 65th annual event
DAME JUDI DENCH TOPS HE BILL AS FULL PROGRAMME IS ANNOUNCED
FOR THIS YEAR’S CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL
9 August 2014 by Jonathan Whiley
Acting royalty, sporting heroes and celebrated authors will grace the stage at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival. Organisers have raided the night sky to put together a star-studded programme of more than 500 events from October 3 to 12.
Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench is among the big names to be announced with Homeland actor Damian Lewis and his wife Helen McCrory also set to make an appearance as they share their love of poetry. The great and the good of the literary world will once again descend on Imperial and Montpellier Gardens with Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel, Salman Rushdie, Kate Atkinson and Ian McEwan among those who will talk about their latest work.
The theme of this year’s festival is Brave New Worlds with a series of events expected to address issues such as the power of technology on our brains, what the future holds for language and a debate on whether democracy is at risk.
Guest directors chairing many of the discussions include human rights activist and director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabati (corr), comedian Omid Djalili and children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen. Times columnist Caitlin Moran, journalist and author India Knight and headteacher Stephen Drew – who found fame on TV show Educating Essex – are among those expected to draw the crowds.
Comedy legend John Cleese will talk about his new book and director, music producer and screenwriter Richard Curtis will discuss screen and song with his music idol Mike Scott of The Waterboys. Comedy fans are in for a treat with Kevin Bridges, Paul Merton and Danny Baker set to talk about their new memoirs and there’s a girls’ night out with a difference in the company of comediennes Katy Brand, Francesca Martinez and Emma Freud.
Meanwhile, cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry will reflect on the value of art, Vogue features director Jo Ellison takes a look at icons of fashion and Queen guitarist Brian May steps back to the Victorian era.
Former England cricket captain Kevin Petersen hopes to bowl audiences over as he discusses his highly-anticipated autobiography and sporting heroes Gareth Thomas, Roger Bannister, Sol Campbell and Geoffrey Boycott will speak about their achievements.
For those who take an interest in politics and current affairs they’ll be plenty to choose from. Doreen Lawrence and Andrew Mitchell discuss whether the police are fit for purpose and Ann Widdecombe reflects on her life in the spotlight.
Chefs including Michelin-starred Heston Blumenthal, Gloucester’s Tom Kerridge and Cheltenham’s Thomasina Miers will share their recipes and Lorraine Pascale and Yotam Ottolenghi will reflect on their career highlights. Elsewhere, British explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes presents a personal perspective of Agincourt, Mary Beard explores frivolity in Ancient Rome and broadcaster Chris Tarrant discusses one of the Second World War’s most significant campaigns.
Jane Furze, director of Cheltenham Literature Festival, said: “With seven Booker Prize winners and five Children’s Laureates in the 2014 line-up, this year’s Literature Festival sets the standard for cultural festivals. As well these fantastic novelists, we also have appearing Hollywood royalty, Olympic heroes, prominent politicians, trail-blazing artists, popular chefs, cutting-edge comedians and more. We pride ourselves on bringing together these much coveted speakers to create our trademark blend of stimulating, surprising and entertaining events that ignite once-in-a-lifetime conversations, and 2014 is set to be our most unmissable festival yet.”
The full programme is online at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com [Should appear later today]
Tickets go on sale to festival members at noon on August 26 with public booking open at noon on September 1. Call 08448 808094 or visit the website.