Welcome to Cuckfield Book Festival!
Now in its fourth year, Cuckfield Book festival has become a fixture in the village calendar and is spreading its net wider and wider, attracting people who love reading and lively discussion.
Taking into account the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to make changes to this year’s festival but we hope you will agree that it is important that we should still celebrate books and reading as usual, even if more modestly than before.
For those concerned about COVID security, we want to assure you that current local and governmental COVID-19 regulations will be adhered to at all times during the festival. Social distancing and hygiene measures will be arranged and enforced and all risk assessment requirements will be prioritised and met for the protection of everyone involved. Further information will be available on our website nearer the time.
The postcode for track and trace is RH17 5EL.
Planning the Festival
Normally we scout for speakers at other literary festivals but this year, there have been none; at least no physical festivals but plenty of virtual events. We have asked five writers to come and are so delighted that they are as enthusiastic as we are about the idea of having a book festival and being able to talk about their work, engage with the audience and answer questions.
HOW TO BOOK
Tickets will go on sale on 14th October at 10am.
PLEASE NOTE THERE HAVE BEEN TWO UNAVOIDABLE PROGRAMME CHANGES. GAVIN MORTIMER AND TOBY YOUNG ARE UNABLE TO COME. ALAN JUDD AND IAIN DALE HAVE VERY KINDLY STEPPED IN.
You can buy tickets online with NO BOOKING FEE OR EXTRA CHARGES at www.ticketsource.co.uk/cuckfieldbookfest
You can also call Ticketsource on 0333 666 3366. Please quote Cuckfield Bookfest. There is a £1.75 booking fee for this option but postage is included.
To ensure social distancing, Ticketsource will allocate tickets so this year it will not be possible to buy tickets in person or at the door on the day.
Tickets are non-refundable unless COVID-19 intervenes and the events have to be cancelled. Events are subject to change and Cuckfield Book Festival cannot be responsible for programme changes.
By buying a ticket you are choosing to visit the book festival at your own risk.
Not to be missed
The Literary Quiz is now a fixture in the festival’s programme. Run by a local book group whose literary knowledge is legendary, they consistently produce a range of questions to suit everyone’s ability.
This is the only event on Friday 13th November and it will also be held in the Queen’s Hall. Sadly the Talbot Hayloft is not big enough to accommodate everyone who will want to come. There will be seven tables of six people each and plenty of room for social distancing. If you are not part of a party of six, ticket allocation can ensure you join another group to make up a table.
Big Book Group
Damian Barr will be talking about his debut novel You Will Be Safe Here, set in South Africa where two mothers – a century apart – must fight for their sons, unaware their fates are inextricably linked. It’s not essential to have read the book but book groups might like to choose it and then come along to ask Damian questions. Damian will be talking to Julian Worricker, a stalwart of Cuckfest.
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