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Cliveden Literary Festival 2023

30 September 2023 - 1 October 2023


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Zadie Smith, Maggie O’Farrell, Tom Holland and Mary Beard are among the authors who will be appearing at the Cliveden Literary Festival from 30 September to 1 October, 2023.

About Cliveden Literary Festival

Launched in 2017, the festival is seeped in the literary heritage of Cliveden House in which it is held. It is here in the literary salon that the greatest writers and thinkers from Pope to Swift, and Alfred Lord Tennyson to George Bernard Shaw used to congregate. Sir Winston Churchill also stayed here.

Brian Cox and Anne McElvoy at Cliveden Literary Festival
Brian Cox and Anne McElvoy at the 2022 festival Festival

Last year’s festival included William Boyd, Brian Cox, Ben Okri, Robert Harris, William Dalrymple and Flora Yukhnovich. In the past Ian McEwan, Sebastian Faulks, Bret Easton Ellis and Hanif Kureishi have appeared at the leading UK literary festival.

Cliveden Literary Festival 2023 Programme

This year’s collection of writers and thinkers includes: Zadie Smith; Tom Holland; Mary Beard; Maggie O’Farrell;  Jonathan Freedland; Naomi Ishiguro; Munira Mirza and James McAuley.

The full programme of events can be found here.

Ben Okri, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Catherine Ostler and Aindrea Emelife at Cliveden Literary Festival
Ben Okri, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Catherine Ostler and Aindrea Emelife
Tickets for the festival

Tickets are from £58.79 and can be purchased here.

Cliveden Literary Festival 2023 Dates

30 September to 1 October, 2023.

Where Is It Held?

Cliveden House in Berkshire, UK.

About Cliveden House

Cliveden House
Cliveden House

Built in 1666 by the second Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, for more than three-and-a-half centuries Cliveden House has been the hub of politics, power and pleasure. Now, owned by the National Trust and part of the Relais & Châteaux collection, Cliveden House Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel with 47 spacious rooms suites, as well as Spring Cottage summerhouse on the Thames, and Cliveden Spa. Only 45 minutes from London and 20 from Heathrow, it is easily accessible from the UK capital.

Main image: ClivedenParterre (c) All images supplied by the Festival Organisers.


30 September 2023
1 October 2023


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