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The Cheltenham Literature Festival, sponsored by The Times newspaper and Waterstones is on this year from the fourth to the 13th of October. At venues all over the city there are literally hundreds of authors, events and workshops waiting to tempt you into parting with your money.

There are eight pages of events for families and to do with children’s books and authors. I am particularly excited about the opportunity to hear Neil Gaiman read from his new book, ‘Fortunately The Milk’, see the author of the spectacularly popular Tom Gates books, Liz Pichon, and learn to draw with master illustrator Chris Riddell.

As well as this you can go to a story time with children’s favourite Julia Donaldson, author of the Gruffalo, and soon to release a new story telling of the adventures of the Owl and the Pussy Cat after the famous Edward Lear poem finishes. Shirley Hughes will be there with her daughter Clara Vuillamy, to talk about their new book collaboration, and Nick Sharratt will also be there to talk about his latest work.

The family festival this year is billed as a festival within a festival and is called Book It, you can find details here.

Most of the events incur a booking cost, and must be pre booked, but there are some things you can do at the festival which are entirely free. You can find out more about them here.