Edge Hill visited the renowned Cheltenham Literature Festival earlier this month.

The University sponsored the festival’s Fiction at 7 series – an opportunity to hear a mix of hand-picked established and debut authors talking about their new books – with Creative Writing department staff Rodge Glass and Ailsa Cox taking part in the sessions alongside writers such as Clare Mackintosh (I Let You Go), Ruth Ware (In A Dark, Dark Wood), Kevin Maher (Last Night on Earth) and Sarah Moss (Signs for Lost Children).

7 Fictions, an anthology of work by Edge Hill Associates, was distributed free at the events. Edited by Creative Writing Programme Leader Rodge Glass, the book contained seven short stories by staff, students and associates of Edge Hill including successful, critically acclaimed author Carys Bray who studied for her Creative Writing MA and PhD at Edge Hill.

Thirty students also had the chance to enjoy the festival and attend events with various high profile literary figures. One student, Izzy Lamb, wrote a blog piece about her time at the festival.

An audience of thousands descended on the heart of Cheltenham for the 66th edition of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, with 136,000 tickets sold across the 10 day literary extravaganza (2-11 October).

An open-minded celebration of the written and spoken word in all forms, this year’s Festival was themed around Defining Moments, showcasing its most eclectic line up yet. Featuring everything from literary giants to new writers, topical debate to historical discussion, new voices presenting the ideas of tomorrow to the biggest names in entertainment, speakers included Jane Smiley, Martha Lane Fox, Matthew Bourne, George the Poet, Garry Kasparov, Jeanette Winterson, Nick Clegg, Anne McElvoy, Nigel Mansell, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Nick Frost, Boris Becker, Nigella Lawson, Bill Bryson, Gino D’Acampo, six past Booker Prize winners (including double winner Peter Carey) as well as some of the 2015 finalists, three Pulitzer Prize winners, and Costa Award and Wellcome Book Prize winners.