Cuckfield Book Festival 2022
Sussex Book Festivals

The programme is beginning to take shape.  2022 is the 100th birthday of the BBC so we felt we had to have an event that celebrated this milestone.  THE BBC: A People’s History has just been published and the author David Hendy is Professor of Media History at the University of Sussex.

Reviewing the book on publication, the Daily Telegraph called it a ‘riveting look at the BBC’s first 100 years’.

To find more information about all our authors Click here.


Cuckfield Book Festival 2022

Most people round Cuckfield know and appreciate Borde Hill Garden so there’s bound to be a good audience for the author of a beautiful new book called Borde Hill Garden: A Plant Hunter’s Paradise  which tells the story of  this spectacular garden, explaining its botanical importance as a living link with the golden era  of plant-hunting and  horticultural derring-do.

The author is well-known garden writer Vanessa Berridge and it is illustrated with glorious photographs by John Glover. Vanessa will be speaking with Andrew John Stephenson Clarke – owner and Managing Director of Borde Hill.

Ockenden Supper - Friday 7th October

Steve RichardsThis popular event was a casualty of Covid for two years so it’s a particular pleasure to announce that it is taking place again this year on Friday 7th October.  Our star performer will be Steve  Richards, the political columnist and commentator whose book The Prime Ministers We Never Had was recently published.  Steve regularly presents The Week in Westminster  on BBC R4 and his one-man show Rock n’Roll Politics takes a behind-the-scenes, highly entertaining look at what’s going on in all the unruly and stormy political dramas of the moment. It will be an exhilarating and thought-provoking interlude.

Tickets will be available when general booking opens in early September.

Book Club Event

We announced some time ago that the book selected for the Big Book Group is The Herd  by Emily Edwards. 

Promoted as a great choice for book clubs, it has proved rather difficult to borrow from local libraries that have stocked very few copies.  Some book clubs have a policy of not buying their choice for their members so with this in mind, Cuckfest has negotiated a deal with the publisher of The Herd and has purchased some copies.  We propose having an informal lending arrangement amongst reading groups. 

If your book group hasn’t been able to track down copies, please email [email protected] and we’ll arrange to lend you some to share amongst your members. 

We hope you will then buy tickets for Emily’s session when she talks about what made her write the book.

Book Club Cuckfield
Children's BookFest 2022

Once again, a lively collection of authors will be entertaining young people at Cuckfest – details to come.  There will also be a Creative Writing Competition  for young writers from Reception to Year 6. Click here for details on how to enter

The details will be published on the website in the summer and participants are asked to submit their entries by 23rd September. The theme is A JOURNEY.

Click HERE for more details about the Children’s events.

literary workshops

How to write a Memoir Workshop

We have had a literary workshop since the book festival began and this year there will be a three-hour session in the Hayloft of the Talbot on Sunday 9th October. The subject is How to Write a Memoir and will be conducted by Mark McCrum.  It will be limited to a maximum of 12 people to allow for plenty of interaction and group participation.

For those who are thinking of writing a memoir, this workshop will cover all the bases. What is memoir? How does it differ from autobiography? How do I write about people close to me and yet remain honest? How do I unlock and reimagine old memories? Should I invent dialogue or even fictionalise aspects of the past? How should I structure my story? 

Mark McCrum has taught masterclasses in memoir for the Guardian and the University of East Anglia, run courses and workshops for Ways with Words and at a range of literary festivals. 

Friends of Cuckfield BookFest 2022

Last year we started this group which proved very popular and also raised over £1000 towards the cost of running the festival. 

We warmly invite you to become a Friend in 2022 for £25.00 per person or £40.00 per couple.

Benefits are as follows:

  • An invitation to a special event for Friends to be held in the late summer.  This will be a drinks reception in the Old School, Cuckfield on August 31st. (More details in due course)
  • Five days of priority booking for regular events (not Quiz or Dinner)
  • A free glass of wine at each event (excepting Children’s events)
  • Friends’ membership runs from the moment of signing up and expires 31 December 2022, and does not auto-renew.