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Cheltenham Literature Festival

We may be half-way through the summer but today brings a welcome reminder that festival season is far from over. The full programme for this year’s Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (7-16 October) has just been released and as usual the line up looks fantastic – not least because it includes a great range of British Museum Press events!  From illustrated talks to curator lectures and children’s story telling sessions we’ll be at the festival from 13-15th October.

The full programme is available here or read the rest of this entry for details of all British Museum Press events:

Thursday 13 October, 2011

Eric Gill
L240 Imperial Square
12.30pm-1.30pm £6
Despite his prodigious output and widespread influence on 20th century British art Eric Gill’s scandalous personal life has coloured his reputation. In this richly illustrated lecture Ruth Cribb and Joe Cribb, authors of Eric Gill, offer intriguing insights into his unorthodox world and artistic genius.

The Hajj
L241, Montpellier Gardens, 2pm-3pm, £6
The Hajj is the largest pilgrimage in the world, and a sacred duty for all Muslims, with millions making the journey to Makkah each year. In this fascinating illustrated talk, Venetia Porter, curator of a new major exhibition at the British Museum, traces the history and ritual of this sacred Journey to the Heart of Islam.


Saturday 15 October, 2011

How the Olympics Came to Be
LB64, The Studio Age 6+
2.30pm-3.15pm £5
As we all get ready for London 2012 discover the Greek gods and mythical heroes that inspired the very first Olympic games as storyteller Helen East reads from her new book. Beautiful illustrations bring Mount Olympus and the ancient games alive.

Make Olympic Medals
LB54 St Andrew’s Church  Age 7-11
10am-12pm £15
Following their very successful visit last Year, the British Museum are back with another hands-on workshop. Helen East and Anna Saunders lead this exciting session, in which children will learn about the history of Olympic medals and the heroes of ancient Greece while designing and creating their own individual gold medals.

Event bookings open on 15 August for Cheltenham festival members and 22 August for non-members.

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