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Big Book Group Event

consent cover

We are delighted to announce the book chosen for the Big Book Group event on Sunday 7th October in the Queen’s Hall at 8pm. It is CONSENT by Leo Benedictus. Leo was the first author we signed up, after hearing him talking to James Naughtie on R4 and since then we have heard him at a literary event held by Faber, Leo’s publisher.

The subject of Consent is stalking, often in the news these days.  The antihero is intellectually hyperactive, emotionally absent, with a predilection for stalking women. In the manner of John Fowles’s eponymous Collector, he picks a ‘subject’, and by various methods, both clumsy and ingenious, spies, bugs, scams, and insinuates himself into the selected woman’s life, in most cases without ever meeting her face to face.

This strangely congenial thriller-cum-treatise on urban disaffection, modern relationships, misogyny and madness, ends on a note of provocative ambiguity.

Those book groups that have read Consent before the event and have tickets to come are asked to send in questions by email to  Please give your name and ensure your questions are submitted before September 28. We will make a selection but there will also be the chance to ask questions directly from the floor on the night.

Leo will be talking about the book, why he wrote it, how long it took him and responding to questions from the audience at the last event of Cuckfield Bookfest on Sunday 7th October. Julian Worricker will be fielding the questions.

The complete programme for Bookfest will be available in mid August, with details on how to buy tickets for the Big Book Group.

Children and Young Adults’ Programme

Look out for the bright orange programme for children and young adults. You can’t miss it!  It is available now (a month before the main programme) to ensure that everyone sees it before the summer holidays and can enter the competitions. Download a pdf copy here or click here for online booking. Exciting news – local novelist, Joshua Raven, will be running a Creative Writing Workshop on 6th October which will include readings from his 5Finger series, tips on writing and the opportunity to write your own storyline. He’s also devised a summer writing competition – winners will be announced at the workshop. For details on how to enter visit!

There’s also a competition for a poster about the importance of bees based on Tony De Saulles’ series, Bee Boy. Flyers with all information about how to enter both competitions have been distributed locally since June.