Welcome to Cuckfield Book Festival 2019! From those small beginnings three years ago, we are excited to be offering even more events this year. We begin on Thursday October 3 by moving very slightly out of Cuckfield, to Borde Hill Garden, a delightful Edwardian Grade ll* listed garden famous for its rare shrubs and trees. The Head Gardener will be conducting a tour of the garden (and fingers crossed for a perfect Autumn afternoon) and then Vanessa Berridge will be in conversation with Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke about Vanessa’s book, Great British Gardeners. Andrew’s great grandfather created the garden.

Test your literary knowledge at the literary quiz upstairs at The Talbot in Cuckfield High Street on Thursday night (the compilers are a local book group whose ability to test how much you know will astound you!). That’s bound to be a very convivial, competitive evening.

Ockenden Manor is once again the venue for what should be an intriguing evening as Robin Ince is our guest. Robin is well known for his joint hosting with Brian Cox of the BBC R4 programme The Infinite Monkey Cage and his book I’m a Joke and So Are You uses the life of a stand-up comic to explore some of the biggest questions we all face. Robin will be introduced by Hermione Cockburn, born and brought up in Cuckfield and now Scientific Director at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Author sessions start in earnest on Saturday morning at 10.30am in the Queen’s Hall. The following two days are packed with authors on subjects such as royalty, mindfulness, postcard collecting, immigration, history, crime, espionage, politics, theatre, bookselling, gardening, cycling… and much more. Authors attending include Jenni Murrray, Penelope Lively, John Crace, Andrew Lownie, D J Taylor, Rachel Hore and Jill Dawson. There’s a crime-writing workshop from Peter Guttridge and a delicious tea at Ockenden Manor on Sunday afternoon will be enhanced by a poetry reading from Great Scacchi.

For children, on Saturday 5th October, the Old School in Cuckfield will be packed with fun. There are four events for young people ranging from three years to 13; Pat Hegarty is a local author whose book Moon is an apt title for this year when we are marking the 50th anniversary of Man’s Moon landing. Pat will running an activity session for under sevens.

Please do check out our programme for all details and book soon. Tickets are available from Tuesday 13 August at 9am!


Cuckfield Bookfest has grown up!

We have become a Community Interest Company. Principally this means that the Cuckfield Bookfest is entirely focused on providing benefit to the community and local businesses of the village and surrounding areas and the authors we invite. As a CIC, we are registered with Companies House, have a board (Sheila Chasser, Sue Laing, Sheila Mortimer and Elspeth Chasser), a management team looking after the programming, finance, social media, the children’s programme, catering, marketing and, of course, our amazing volunteers.