New dates announced for next year!
Cuckfield Book Festival will take place
12th-15th November 2020

The third Cuckfield Book Festival began on Thursday 3rd October with a tour of Borde Hill garden in the company of the head gardener. The weather, which had been wet and grey, suddenly improved, and the sun appeared, enhancing the glories of that stunning garden. After canapés and prosecco in the house, Vanessa Berridge discussed her book, Great British Gardeners, with Andrew John Stephenson Clarke whose great grand father created the garden. 

The literary quiz compiled by local enthusiasts had sold out within days and the Hayloft at The Talbot was packed with eager competitors. On Friday night the now customary supper at Ockenden Manor had the wonderful Robin Ince (arriving just in time by train from Stoke) entertaining the diners and he appeared again on the Saturday morning with a wonderfully chaotic session. (Robin was particularly taken with the graveyard at Holy Trinity Church.)

Other authors included Adrian Tinniswood whose book Behind the Throne is an intimate look at the private lives of monarchs, James Hanratty with a fascinating and disturbing account of the immigration problems facing Europe today , and local author Ed Halliwell talking about mindfulness.

On Saturday evening, actor Simon Williams had the audience laughing loudly at his account of an actor’s life. No. 1 Broad Street offered delicious complementary canapés in a crowded Queen’s Hall to round off the first day of Cuckfield Bookfest.

While these events were taking place at the Queen’s Hall, the young people had their own activities at the Old Church and the place rang with laughter as several children’s authors entertained them. More


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The Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield

The Queen’s Hall in the village provides the perfect location for Bookfest. The authors and the moderators present their sessions from the stage, and there is plenty of room in an adjoining hall for Waterstones to display the books of the authors who will be happy to sign them after purchase.

Refreshments are available each day – tea, coffee, wine, soft drinks, cakes and biscuits.

Waterstones, Haywards Heath are the Cuckfield Bookfest booksellers.


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