Welcome to Cuckfield Book Festival 6th-8th October 2017
Cuckfield’s very first book festival was born out of a discussion over a glass of wine one Friday evening in the summer of 2016. The four organisers felt that Cuckfield would be the perfect venue for, at least to start with, a small festival to celebrate books and reading. Since then we’ve met regularly to brainstorm the project, read the book pages in many journals and newspapers and become book festival groupies. We hope you will agree that the resulting programme is enticingly varied and that everyone will find at least one event that will intrigue and excite them. And we haven’t forgotten the children who have several special sessions.
Where to begin?
The range of topics is diverse, topical and entertaining. Be absorbed by the extraordinary life of Guy Burgess, hear about the lives of the French women who lived through the war years in Paris, marvel at the unbelievable courage of the Long Range Desert Group, the precursors of the SAS, and uncover the truth of real life in the English country house in the 1920s and 1930s.
Share the story of growing up gay near Glasgow during the premiership of Margaret Thatcher and how in spite of everything around him, the author remembered the Iron Lady saying that hard work could succeed – and he did.
Charlotte Brontë continues to fascinate readers and we have an unusual and original take on the author and her works. Jane Austen is not forgotten and a new and intriguing study introduces us to a woman living and writing in an age of revolution. For crime fiction lovers, there will be a riveting session when the Sussex author talks about her renowned forensic archaeologist.
The past 18 months have been a roller coaster ride on the political front in many countries and we have the author of the ultimate guide to the biggest political coup of the century. Many people will recall the Great Storm of 1987 and a new book just published will explore its effect in terms of legacy and loss.
A theatrical Dame will provide a remarkable account of an acting career unconstrained by tradition and expectations. Will the impact of Artificial Intelligence be beneficial or otherwise? A well-known educationalist will discuss this forthcoming revolution.
The bohemian and sometimes outrageous life of a French woman in the world of Impressionist painters is full of surprises and the essential secrets of the little known art of ghostwriting will be revealed.
Most of the sessions will be facilitated by a moderator which means the discussions will be lively and give plenty of opportunities for audience participation.
For the children, there will be two sessions with dinosaur experts, run in conjunction with Cuckfield Museum which has a marvellous collection of fossils and replicas. The under-fives will have fun at two entertaining events on the Sunday.
So, it’s decision time! Seize your pen, make a list of the events you want to attend and start booking!
There’s a change in the programme for the session on Saturday 7th October at 7.30 – Harriet Walter has had to withdraw because of altered film commitments but we are delighted to announce that Celia Imrie has agreed to come in her stead and talk about her recent books with Sue Stapely.
Celia Imrie, is an award-winning and Screen Actors Guild- nominated actress, known for her work in film, theatre and television. Highlights of her screen career include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the Bridget Jones’s Diary series, Nanny McPhee, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Calendar Girls, Imagine Me & You, Acorn Antiques, FX’s Better Things, and more recently, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure For Wellness.
The Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield
The Queen’s Hall in the village will provide the perfect location for Bookfest. The authors and the moderators will present their sessions from the stage, and there is plenty of room in an adjoining hall for Waterstones to display the books of the authors who will be happy to sign them after purchase.
Not only will you be beguiled by our authors, you will be enticed by the hospitality as well. A delicious array of light refreshments will tempt you to indulge in a selection of cakes and biscuits, sundry types of tea and coffees plus a selection of wines and cool beers.
We are delighted to announce that Waterstones, Haywards Heath are to be the Cuckfield Bookfest booksellers.