Welcome to Cuckfield Book Festival!

Looking forward to

Cuckfield Bookfest 2021

Cuckfest 2021 is our fifth book festival so something to celebrate after over a year of limited opportunities for listening live to authors talking about their books. We’re planning a packed couple of days plus a day of events for children.

This year the supper at Ockenden Manor is not taking place but the legendary literary quiz, compiled by local book enthusiasts, is scheduled for Friday night in the Queen’s Hall where more people can be seated. There will be an elegant afternoon tea at Ockenden – the perfect gift for someone special.

The range of authors coming is eclectic, varied and entertaining. The full programme will be published at the end of August when tickets will go on sale through Ticketsource.


Cuckfield Bookfest

Festival Supporters

Hurstpierpoint College, Adelphi and Cumnor House Sussex are heading the list of generous sponsors so far and this year we have Georgie Goddard masterminding fund-raising. Cuckfest is entirely dependent on ticket sales and sponsorship and almost entirely run by volunteers. For more information on how to support the festival, please contact Georgie on info@cuckfieldbookfest.co.uk

More and more authors are confirming their attendance at this year’s Book Festival

Book Club

For enthusiastic book club members, we have chosen The Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd. The book tells the story of a fateful year when temperatures fell and summer failed to arrive as the result of a cataclysmic eruption in Indonesia. Lives both ordinary and privileged were changed forever.

We do hope book clubs will add this title to their programme for 2021 and come along to hear Guinevere talk about it.

Cuckfield Bookfest 2021

Cuckfield Bookfest 2021      ©Stefano Masse
Guinevere Glasfurd was born in Lancaster and lives near Cambridge with her husband and daughter.

The Year Without Summer has been longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2021.

Children’s Poetry Competition

Childrens Book FestivalThere will be a variety of activities and events on offer for children and their families on Saturday 8th October. Past events have been well received so do book early to avoid disappoinment. We are also running a Poetry Competition which is open to all children from Reception to Year 6. The theme is The Environment and is kindly sponsored by Author, TV Presenter and comedian, Mel Giedroyc.

Winners will be announced on 9th October at the festival and there will be prizes for each year group.

Click here for more information on how to enter.

As more authors accept our invitation to appear, we will let you know via the website so do keep checking. We are also planning on being much more pro-active on social media so don’t forget to follow us. Just click on the links below.

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