Perhaps you are reluctant to go out and about in these frustrating days when we have been asked to stay at home and avoid mixing with crowds. Despite enjoying Bookfest for the past three years, you have decided it isn’t for you in 2020.

Well, now the festival is entirely online so you can come, knowing that you can participate from the safety of your home. And in addition to this, the events are all FREE! As Cuckfest is a non-profit-making Community Interest Company, you might like to make a donation to funds – there is a box on the booking page for this. Thank you
in advance.

Saturday 14th November


The first event features Alan Judd talking about spy fiction and how it connects with reality. Alan Judd is the multiple award-winning author of two biographies and fourteen novels, of which three have been filmed. Five of his novels are spy fictions in the Charles Thoroughgood series and he is the authorised biographer of Mansfield Cumming, founder of MI6.


Kate Mosse is next,. Kate is an international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. She is the author of six novels and short story collections – including the multimillion- selling Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel). She is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and a regular interviewer for theatre and fiction events.

Kate will be talking about The Burning Chambers series, the second novel of which, The City of Tears, will be published in January.


Iain Dale will be talking to Peter Guttridge.

Iain Dale is one of Britain’s leading political commentators and broadcasters. He presents the Evening Show on LBC Radio (Monday – Thursday, 7–10pm) and was named Radio Presenter of the Year for 2013 & 2016 at the Arqiva Awards. He co-presented LBC’s seven hour long general election night programme in 2017 and was at the heart of the 2019 Tory leadership race, having chaired ten of the 16 leadership hustings with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.

His book Why Can’t We All Just Get Along: Shout Less, Listen More is part-memoir, part-polemic about the state of discourse in Britain and the world today.


3.30 pm

This year’s Big Book Group features Damian Barr talking about his book You Will Be Safe Here. Damian’s debut novel is a beautiful and heart-breaking story set in South Africa, where two mothers – a century apart – must fight for their sons, unaware their fates are inextricably linked.

The Guardian said ‘it is distinguished by its compassion, its wisdom and its remarkable sense of poetry.’ Damian presented the live coverage of Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sky Arts and hosts his celebrated Literary Salon at The Savoy.

He will be talking to Julian Worricker, a very familiar voice on BBC radio.


Allie Esiri – A Poem for Every Winter Day
The day ends with a dramatic treat. Allie Esiri is a writer and curator of poetry events and she takes these to major literary festivals. Within the pages of her gorgeous collection, A Poem for Every Winter Day, you will find verse that will transport you to sparkling winter scenes, taking you from Christmas, to New Years Eve and the joys of Valentines Day.

A previous collection of Allie’s was selected by the director general of the National Trust this week on Desert Island Discs as her book to take with her and A Poem for Every Winter Day is one of RED magazine’s perfect Christmas gifts.

Allie’s chosen poems will be beautifully read by two actors; Annette Badland, award-winning star of many productions on television and stage, and Hugh Ross who has had a long and successful acting career (and is also Cuckfest head of programming’s brother!).

Book your Online tickets now!

So there’s still time to go to the ticketsource website and book a virtual ticket.


Once booked, you will be sent a ZOOM link to enable you to join us.

Don’t miss it! It’s the perfect way to spend a November Saturday.