Cuckfield Book Festival began in 2016 when three friends who were literature festival groupies had the idea of putting on a festival in the village of Cuckfield.
So from small beginnings in 2017, it has grown steadily and last year over 1800 people came to enjoy a wide variety of talks and workshops. Authors seemed to love it too and we received some appreciative comments from them:


What a delightful weekend. CuckFest is without doubt my favourite festival.

It was such a delight to take part in the Cuckfield Bookfest on Saturday. Thank you and your team for making it such a welcoming event – so well organised and with a lovely, positive energy.

Well, ANOTHER triumph! Well done for a corker of a festival.

One of my favourite festivals and now part of the canon.

What fun that was. I really enjoyed it, and not least because the lovely Cuckfield audience of yours were so warm and attentive and friendly!

You run a lovely festival, chic and interesting and diverse and intimate and full of warmth and friendliness. Bravo y’all.

While 2020 will be quite different from previous years with far fewer visitors, we are optimistic that Cuckfest will go ahead with live events in the Queen’s Hall. Of course, there is an element of uncertainty in these extraordinary times and these best laid schemes could all come tumbling down if there is another spike.