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