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 in 2021 over 1800 people came to enjoy a wide variety of talks and workshops.
Authors who have appeared at Cuckfield BookFest include: Mel Geidroyc, Andrew Lownie, Celia Imrie, Damian Barr, Mark Billingham,
Stella Rimington, Elly Griffiths, Anthony Seldon, Penelope Lively, Robin Ince, Jenni Murray, Tim Waterstone, John Crace, Iain Dale, Kate Mosse, – and many more besides.
We have received some appreciative comments from them over the years:
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.
The Magnificent BookFest Team
There are many people who work tirelessly to make BookFest so successful each year. From choosing great Authors to join us, to preparing the Quiz or Children’s Events – to sound and lighting, all our volunteers are greatly appreciated.
The Board of Cuckfest has been reconfigured following Michael Maine’s retirement as vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Cuckfield. Michael was a strong supporter of the festival and we will miss his wise words. We are delighted to welcome two people who are new to the organisation of Cuckfest: Debs Treyer-Evans and Andrew Lownie. Debs has lots of book festival experience and Andrew has been a visitor to Cuckfest as an author, moderator and workshop organiser since we began in 2017. We feel very honoured that he is prepared to come on our Board and give us the benefit of his knowledge and expertise.
The Board now consists of:
Elspeth Chasser (Chair)
Sheila Mortimer (also MD of the management committee)
Sarah McConnell – Finance
Charlotte Keenan – Children’s events
Annie Rees – Catering
Pat Hegarty – Quiz
Julia Webb – Admin
Paul Davey – Technical
Angela Magness – Ockenden Manor supper
Claire-Louise Clark – social media
Sally Nakajima – website