Your ticket to KITE gives you access to every talk on the Ideas program as well as the world class music and entertainment across Heavenly, Bloom and Skylark stages. From Sir John Major to George the Poet, Simon Sinek to Elizabeth Day, Sally Wainwright to Dame Joan Collins, there is something for everyone across KITE’s four Ideas stages.

Session timings can be found listed below, in your festival lanyard (available for pre-purchase and on site) and on our app when you can create your own bespoke program, download the app here.


Great lives. Big ideas. Unforgettable conversations. For those who want to be challenged, informed, and heard.


18:00 – 19:00 Comedy with Alistair Green 


16:05 – 17:00 Dame Joan Collins in conversation with Decca Aitkenhead


15:00 – 15:55 Sir John Major in conversation with James Harding


13:30 – 14:30 Alastair Campbell in conversation with Liz Moseley


12:15 – 13:15 David Baddiel in conversation with Matt d’Ancona


11:00 – 12:00 Adam Kay in conversation with Mel Giedroyc



18:00 – 19:15 Comedy with MC Kiri Pritchard-McLean featuring Shazia Mirza, Toussaint Douglass and Josh Berry


15:30 – 16:30 – George the Poet in conversation with Yassmin Abdel-Magied


14:30 – 15:20 – Simon Sinek in conversation with James Harding 


13:30 – 14:20 – Sally Wainwright in conversation with Kit de Waal


12:15 – 13:15 – Podcast: My Time Capsule Live with Mike Fenton Stevens and Dave Gorman 


11:00 – 12:00 – Elizabeth Day in conversation with Jo Elvin


Sit back and listen in or stand up and hold forth at the Town Hall. It’s a village hall style vintage vibe where everyone’s welcome to pull up a chair and join in. Interactive ThinkIns, unforgettable interviews and a few surprises. Slightly chaotic – in a good way!


16:05 – 17:00 ThinkIn: China and the West with Chris Patten and Rana Mitter


14:30 – 15:30 Podcast: The Breakup Monologues Live with Rosie Wilby and Lou Sanders


13:00 – 14:00 Prue Leith in conversation with Dave Taylor


11:45 – 12:45 ThinkIn: Why are we so obsessed with class? with Polly Toynbee and Sian Davies


10:30 – 11:30 ThinkIn: Does anti-racism need a rethink? with Tomiwa Owolade and Remi Adekoya



15:00 – 16:00 – How can stories shape a better future? with Mara the Storyteller


13:15 – 14:30 – Susanna Hoffs in conversation with Sylvia Patterson


12:00 – 13:00 – Cariad Lloyd in conversation with Katherine May


10:30 – 11:30 – Rachel Reeves in conversation with James Harding


KITE Lessons are super-relaxed and interactive sessions led by some of the best and brightest voices in the world. For kids and grown ups who want to get creative and learn something new in a fun and informal setting.


16:00 – 16:30 How to Say What You Really Feel with Susie Dent


15:15 – 15:45 How to Write a Bestseller with Stella Rimington


14:30 – 15:00 How to Write a Speech with Phil Collins


13:45 – 14:15 How to Live Fearlessly with Fats Timbo


13:00 – 13:30 Why Most of What You’re Doing to Go Green is Pointless with Assaad Razzouk


11:45 – 12:45 How to Make a Comic with Emily Haworth-Booth


10:45 – 11:30 The Surprisingly Silly History of Stuff with Greg Jenner



15:30 – 16:15 – Poetry from Brian Bilston in partnership with Morandé wine


14:15 – 15:15 – How to Own the Room with Viv Groskop


13:30 – 14:00 – How to Have Better Conversations with Nihal Arthanayake


12:30 – 13:00 – CHATGPT WTF? with Luke Gbedemah


11:45 – 12:15 – How to Write with Giles Whittell 


10:45 – 11:30 – Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children


The slow newsroom that makes sense of a fast moving world sets up shop at Kite for the weekend. Come by for interactive ThinkIns, live podcast recordings and lively conversations about the news stories that matter.


16:00 – 17:00 ThinkIn: Appetite for destruction: why don’t we all just eat better? with Henry Dimbleby and Nicki Whiteman


15:00 – 15:45 Zelda Perkins in conversation with Basia Cummings


13:45 – 14:45 ThinkIn: A Climate Reckoning with Peter Frankopan & Gaia Vince


12:30 – 13:30 James Harding in conversation with Martin Wolf on the capitalism crisis 


11:15 – 12:15 The Review, in partnership with Fora: Saturday papers with Marina Hyde, Layla Moran, Michael Gove and James Harding



15:15 – 16:15 – Unbelievable Truths: why are we so obsessed with WTF podcasts? with Alexi Mostrous


14:00 – 15:00 – ThinkIn: Can the NHS be mended? 


12:45 – 13:45 – Podcast:The News Meeting Live with Tortoise editors


11:35 – 12:30 – The Review in partnership with Fora: Sunday papers with Sonia Sodha, Mandu Reid, Ian Goldin and James Harding


10:30 – 11:15 – Unsilencing women: reporting the unreportable with Louise Tickle and Jane Monkton-Smith