Cuckfield Bookfest Children & Young People ProgrammeThe summer holidays are ending and those glorious sunny days are becoming a memory – but it means that thoughts will turn to indoor activities such as reading and books. Saturday October 6th will be an autumn highlight in Cuckfield for children and young people.  Starting at 10.15am, in the Baptist Church, there will be non-stop activities: storytelling workshops, creative sessions based on the life of honeybees, an opportunity to discover more about  dinosaurs for all ages.  There’s a workshop about World War I, another workshop session about animals, in World War II, and top tips from a Cuckfield-based novelist whose books feature suspense and adventure elements. The last event is for young people and adults alike – a presentation by three award-winning authors of children’s books.

cuckfield bookfest main prog 2018For the adults, the programme which is now available in shops, surgeries, libraries and other places in the area, is full of good things and bookings are incredibly encouraging – one or two events are almost reaching capacity already. Click the image for a copy of the pdf to view the entire weekend of events.

muriel spark 100In this year of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Muriel Spark, most book festivals are celebrating the work of this renowned Scottish writer.  Probably best known for The Prime of Jean Brodie, she has written books covering many genres; she even tackled the mystery of Lord Lucan.  To discuss her writing, Cuckfest is delighted to have three Spark experts coming all the way from Edinburgh.

alan juddTwo writers of historical fiction will be in conversation with Alan Judd, himself an award-winning novelist and biographer.  They will talk about their historical periods and how they have adapted fact to their fiction.  

Sue CookSue Cook is known to many people for her work on Crimewatch UK so she is the perfect moderator to talk to Thomas Harding whose latest book, Blood on the Page is an extraordinary true tale of isolation, deception and violence. Thomas Harding spent two years investigating the murder of an eccentric recluse in Hampstead and the subsequent conviction of a Chinese dissident. 

Music also features and the last event on Saturday night is intriguing.  A rock music writer has a public meltdown and is forced to consider whether or not it’s time to grow up and forget rock’n’roll. Sharing the stage for this session will be an author of a new novel that features a rock band at a formative time in musical history – the 60s and 70s.

Add to the mix, a Big Book Group session (the writer of the chosen book, Consent, will be talking to Julian Worricker and answering questions on this compelling story), local authors discussing the challenge of getting published, a workshop on the whole business of finding an agent etc, First World War poetry, reminiscences of childhood reading, espionage, fake news – the list goes on.