Welcome to Cuckfield Book Festival 4th-7th October 2018

What’s On

the puppet master

Jill Butcher, Emma Clark Lam and Maureen Emerson

with Kate Harris
Upstairs@Cuckfest
Saturday 6th October 5pm – 6pm

alison milford dear sam dear rose

Alison Milford

Dear Sam….Dear Rose
Saturday 6th October 1.15pm – 2.15pm
Ages 10-13

a deadly habit

Simon Brett

Sunday 7th October 6.30pm – 7.30pm

joshua raven 5 fingers

Joshua Raven

Saturday 6th October 2.45pm – 3.45pm
Ages 8+

the polka dot shop

Laurel Remington

Saturday 6th October 1.15pm – 2.15pm 
Ages 9+

dog on wheels

Gillian McClure, Pippa Goodhart, Rosemary Hayes

Saturday 6th October 2.45pm – 3.45pm
All ages, young and older

talbot cuckfield

Literary Quiz at the Talbot SOLD OUT

Thursday 4 October
7.30pm for 8.00pm

the killing habit

Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites

Sunday 7th October 3.30pm-4.30pm

Bee Boy

Tony De Saulles

Saturday 6th October 10.30am – 12 noon
Ages 7-11

blood on the page

Thomas Harding

with Sue Cook
Sunday 7th October 2.00pm – 3.00pm

the buried crown

Ally Sherrick

Saturday 6th October 2.45pm
Ages 9+

pirates-in-pyjamas

Caroline Crowe

Saturday 6th October 11.30am – 12.15pm
Ages 5 and under

andrew lownie

Andrew Lownie

Upstairs@Cuckfest
Sunday 7th October 2pm – 3pm

Annette Badland

Supper at Ockenden Manor Hotel SOLD OUT

with Annette Badland and Hugh Ross
Friday 5th October 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Introduced by Michael Maine, Vicar and Rural Dean of Cuckfield

rock and roll is life

Michael Odell and D.J. Taylor

with Peter Guttridge
Saturday 6th October 8pm–9pm

the moscow sleepers

Stella Rimington SOLD OUT

with Peter Guttridge
Saturday 6th October 3.30pm – 4.30pm

court of wolves

Robyn Young and S.D. Sykes

with Alan Judd
Saturday 6th October 5pm – 6pm

travellers in the third reich

Julia Boyd

with Andrew Lownie
Sunday 7th October 11am – 12 noon

ed whitmore

Ed Whitmore

Talking to Sue Cook
Upstairs@Cuckfest
Sunday 7th October 11am – 12 noon

story keeper anna mazzola

Anna Mazzola and Richard Mason

with Julian Worricker
Sunday 7th October 12.30pm – 1.30pm

bookworm

Lucy Mangan and Sally Bayley

with Sue Cook
Sunday 7th October 5pm – 6pm

beijing smog

Ian Williams

with Alan Judd
Upstairs@Cuckfest
Saturday 6th October 2pm – 3pm

Alison Milford

A Trip to Giant Land SOLD OUT
Saturday 6th October 10.15am – 11.15am
Ages 3-7

kempe

Adrian Barlow

Saturday 6th October 3pm
Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield 

fake news

David Hutter

with Gavin Mortimer and Peter Guttridge
Saturday 6th October 11am – 12 noon

kid gloves

Adam Mars-Jones

with Alan Judd
Saturday 6th October 12.30pm – 1.30pm

the winter of the world

John Onions

Saturday 6th October 2pm – 3pm

nicky dee dinosaurs

Nicky Dee & Rebecca Skiming

Fun for Dinosaur Fans
Saturday 6th October 11.45am – 12.45pm for younger fans
1.15pm – 2.15pm for all fans

muriel spark 100

Simon Cooke and Patricia Waugh

with Colin McIlroy
Saturday 6th October 6.30pm – 7.30pm

consent

Leo Benedictus

The Big Book Group
with Julian Worricker
Sunday 7th October 8.00pm – 9.00pm

About

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 organisers felt that Cuckfield would be the perfect venue for a small festival to celebrate books and reading. We’re now in our second year and we hope you will agree that the latest 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 and young people who this time have an entire day of special sessions.

talbot cuckfield

Literary Quiz at the Talbot SOLD OUT

The Talbot, High Street, Cuckfield Thursday 4 October 7.30pm for 8.00pm £5 per person to include a glass of wine. Do you know your Brontë from your Bryson?...
Annette Badland

Supper at Ockenden Manor Hotel SOLD OUT

with Annette Badland and Hugh Ross
Friday 5th October 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Introduced by Michael Maine, Vicar and Rural Dean of Cuckfield

consent

Leo Benedictus

The Big Book Group
with Julian Worricker
Sunday 7th October 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Cuckfest 2018 starts on Thursday 4 October with a literary quiz in The Talbot where the idea of a book festival was first discussed over two years ago. Supper at Ockenden Manor is happening again and there will be some lovely poems read by two actors in the interlude.
Then on Saturday,  it’s non stop from 11 am onwards!  So much to choose!  Find out about fake news and consider its effect; share the dilemma of writing family history; what is cyber skullduggery? 
100 years after the Armistice, hear a selection of 1st World War poems contextualised then read by an actor. Intelligence work is more important than ever in these dangerous times and there’s an opportunity to discover how it’s used to counter terrorism.
Another centenary is marked with an in-depth discussion about the work of the Scottish writer many consider to be one of the best post war British authors.
And what about music? When should a rock music writer finally grow up and forget rock n’roll?  And who were the Helium Kids?  Intriguing questions which will be answered on Saturday night.
The author of Waterstones’ June non-fiction pick reveals a vivid picture of Germany between the wars through the eyes of first-hand accounts written by foreigners.

The Isle of Skye was a remote and troubled place in the mid 19th century and the crofters raised on folk tales, believed in the spirits of the dead. Far away in South Africa, in the early 20th century, there was also a strong belief in sacred mystery. Two authors will be discussing what made them place their novels in such extraordinary settings.
Crime – fiction and non-fiction – figures in two riveting sessions: one concerns the investigation into the murder of a Hampstead recluse and the other will feature two renowned crime writers discussing their genre.
Bring back memories of childhood reading with a delightful journey through best-loved books and hear how literature transformed a difficult and unhappy life.
Be entertained by a fund of amusing stories from a well-known writer of crime, radio and television.
The festival ends with a big Book group session. Have you read Consent yet?  Readers are encouraged to do so, submit questions and come along to hear the author reveal why he wrote the book and answer questions. No need to come along as part of a Book group – everybody with a ticket is welcome.
Add to this eclectic mix, Upstairs@Cuckfest features local authors, a workshop on how to get published, and a conversation with a local screen writer.
Up the road at Cuckfield Baptist Church, on Saturday 6th October, there will be a fun-filled day for young people of all ages with singing games for under-fives, workshops and seminars for teenagers. Truly something for everyone!
So now’s the time to plan your weekend and make sure you secure your tickets.

The Queen’s Hall

The Queen’s Hall in the village is the location for the main programme; the Children and Young Adults’ Programme will be held at the Baptist Church. The authors and the moderators will present their sessions, and there is plenty of room for Waterstones to display the books of the authors who will be happy to sign them after purchase in both locations.

There will be a refreshment corner offering a variety of light refreshments and drinks, including a selection of cakes and biscuits, tea and coffees, wine and cool beers. 

In the Baptist Church, there will be an array of child-friendly snacks and drinks.

We are delighted to announce that Waterstones, Haywards Heath will again be the Cuckfield Bookfest booksellers.

Children and Young Adults’ Programme

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