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 also be an elegant afternoon tea at Ockenden – the perfect gift for someone special.
The range of authors coming is eclectic, varied and entertaining. The programme is now complete and will be distributed locally in the next few weeks. It is also available to view online below.
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Hurstpierpoint College is heading the list of generous sponsors so far as our Platinum Supporter so a big thank you to them. Adelphi and Cumnor House Sussex are our Gold Sponsors and our Silver package has been generously supported by Ockenden Manor. For a full list of our wonderful supporters please click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Afternoon Tea at Ockenden Manor
Tranquil, elegant and indulgent, that is Ockenden Manor in Cuckfield and afternoon tea there will be the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon. Limited to just 30 people, it makes a wonderful gift for someone who deserves to be spoiled. Tea consists of a delicious selection of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, cakes and various blends of tea, accompanied by a glass of Ridgeview sparkling wine.
And the icing on the cake will be the presence of Annette Badland, an award winning actress recently appearing in Strike, Criminal 2, Ted Lasso and as the pathologist Fleur Perkins in Midsomer Murders. Annette will be reading a selection of poems, reminiscing about her acting career and answering questions.
Tickets are £39.50 each and are only available by contacting Cuckfieldbookfest@outlook.com
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.
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.
Saturday 9th October – Old School Hall, Cuckfield
There is so much in store for children and their families during the Children’s Bookfest. From interactive quizzes and colouring to rhymes and dress-up, there will be much to entertain children of all ages. Adults are free but must book a ticket and supervise their children at all times.
With four authors joining us there is a great range of books and events for children all the way from pre-schoolers up to those 12 years of age. Local author Sally Symes will kick off the proceedings on Saturday morning with her fun and enchanting activities for under fives.
Rhymes with Symes
Bring your wriggly little people along for some finger-wiggling giggle-time with Sally Symes! There’ll be rhymes and wriggles and dressing up too – with a suitably sleepy ending to finish off the session. Perfect for book-mad children of five and under.
Sally Symes is successful local author and we are delighted to welcome her to this year’s Bookfest. She has worked for many years as a designer of children’s books before turning her skills to writing them too. Her collaborations with Nick Sharratt have won many awards including The Educational Writers’ Award for The Gooey, Chewy Rumble Plop Book and The Southampton Favourite Book to Share Award for Something Beginning With Blue. She was a Senior Editor at Campbell/Macmillan Children’s Books for over four years and now works as a freelance writer and book designer for children aged up to 10 years.
Other authors joining us for the Children’s Bookfest include Cath Howe, Helen Peters and Andrew Pettie. Click here for more information or to book.
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.
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