Hillary Clinton is coming to the UK. Unfortunately, not, as many hoped, on an official state visit as president. Instead, the former secretary of state will be visiting Cheltenham Literature Festival to talk about her new book, What Happened.
Still, that hasn’t dented the excitement around Clinton’s visit to the UK. Tickets to her talk sold out in less than an hour (48 minutes to be exact) despite costing £40-£50 each. Even more surprisingly, this sell-out talk had run out of tickets before they’d even gone on public sale! Clinton won’t even be giving signings of her book, but still the excitement is high.
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, the event takes place at Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, GL50 4SH. Doors open at 10.30am and visitors must be seated by 11.45am, otherwise they will not be permitted to enter.
As you might expect, security will be a little tighter than usual. You can take small bags and coats, but you’ll need to return larger bags to your car. There will be a bag inspection on entry.
How to watch Hillary Clinton’s talk at Cheltenham Literature Festival if you didn’t get a ticket:
If you didn’t manage to get a ticket to Clinton’s talk, fear not. Due to the unprecedented demand to see the 2016 presidential candidate there will be a live stream of the talk. The live stream will be available on both Cheltenham Literature Festival’s Facebook page, as well as that of The Times And The Sunday Times.
You can click those links to take you to each of the Facebook pages to stream the talk.
Festivals Director Ian George said:
“Tickets for Hillary Clinton’s talk at Cheltenham were in unprecedented demand. Cheltenham Festivals is delighted to be able to make this high-profile event available to a digital worldwide audience.”
The discussion will start at 12 noon and end at 1pm, so make sure you’re at a computer in good time – you don’t want to miss the start of it!
Even if you can’t get to a device between 12 and 1pm, don’t panic. Facebook Live broadcasts stick around after they’ve been broadcast. Unless Cheltenham Festivals and Times And Sunday Times bosses decide to delete the video, you should be able to watch it even after it’s no longer live!
What will Clinton be talking about?
On a very basic level, she’ll be there to talk about What Happened. The non-fiction book is Clinton’s seventh book and third memoir. This one details the explosive 2016 election campaign, and it’s aftermath. The book has been marketed as being Clinton’s most personal yet.
In her introduction to the book, Clinton writes:
“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”
The book goes into some of the reasons Hillary Clinton felt she lost the election. It’s also partially a self-help book detailing how to overcome an unpleasant experience.
In previous discussions about the book, Clinton has given a candid account of her campaign and the stresses and strains that came with it. You can expect to hear her talk about that.
In addition, the recent news about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his sexual assaults is likely to feature. Weinstein fundraised for Clinton during her 2016 campaign and had previously donated to both her and Bill Clinton’s campaigns. Hillary recently claimed she did not know about his offences, despite huge numbers of celebrities and big names claiming the rumours have been well-known for years. It would be a surprise if she didn’t at least mention all this in her upcoming talk.
It should be pretty interesting and it’ll definitely be worth watching.