Author blasts Cheltenham Literature Festival for 'not supporting locals'
A CHILDREN'S author has criticised the organisers of Cheltenham Literature Festival for not doing enough to support local writers.
Pauline Travers is launching her new poetry book for children during the festival, at The Playhouse theatre.
But she is unhappy she hasn't been allocated space during the festival itself.
She said: "A Treasure Chest of Curious Creatures is my third book in the series and for the last two years I have hired The Playhouse theatre and put on a magnificent show which includes about 50 children who perform my award-winning poems and sing and dance too.
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"I feel it is such a shame that the festival does not support local authors."
Pauline, 57, who lives in Cheltenham and used to teach at Charlton Kings Infant School, said the festival was too obsessed with TV names.
Some of the stars booked this year include the hosts of BBC quiz show Pointless Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Pauline, who runs her own drama school and teaches speech and drama for theatre studies in school, said: "It seems that TV faces rule."
A spokesman for the festival said there was an established "locally-sourced" element run in conjunction with the county branch of the Society of Authors and the Gloucestershire Writers' Network.
And Jane Furze, Literature Festival Director, added: "This year's festival boasts world-renowned authors such as our guest director AS Byatt and Generation X author Douglas Coupland, as well as events on books such as Middlemarch, Ulysses, War and Peace and Moby Dick."