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What’s On This Week: Cliveden Literary Festival

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What’s On This Week: Cliveden Literary Festival

Don’t miss the inaugural Cliveden literary festival this month


This autumn, get down to Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire for the highly-anticipated Cliveden Literary Festival. From high politics to low scandal, there’s sure to be something for everyone…

Cliveden Literary Festival 2017

You already know Cliveden as the English country estate steeped in politics, aristocracy, espionage, sex and scandal. So what better home for a celebration of story-telling than this English gem, which has hosted a literary salon since 1666, inspiring writers from Alexander Pope to Sir Winston Churchill.

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The festival’s themes this year will include the likes of high politics, scandal, the influence of brilliant women and the role of history in the movies and more.

Literary, political and history stars including Robert Harris, Tina Brown, Sebastian Faulks, Antonia Fraser, Ian McEwan and Michael Gove will be appearing at the two-day event.

Guests of Cliveden Literary Festival will have the opportunity to meet these, and other stars, in the beautiful gardens and impressive staterooms of the Grade 1 Listed house.

Programme Highlights

Saturday 14 October:

Munich: Countdown to Catastrophe
Robert Harris
 talks to Frances Osborne
The thriller writer on politics, power and his new book about two Oxford friends reunited at the Munich Conference, 1938, during the countdown to war

Sir Harry Evans in conversation with Andrew Roberts
Publisher, author, journalist, Evans has been called the greatest editor of the twentieth century.

SEBASTIAN FAULKS in conversation with Miriam Gross
From Birdsong to Where My Heart Used to Beat, the novelist on his enduring obsession with love and war

PANEL: Women in power: saints or sinners? Myth and reality
Force, femininity, archetypes and stereotypes. Five trailblazers debate power, patriarchy and how history has judged its female pioneers
Chair: Amanda Foreman
Panellists: Tina BrownHelen CastorDambisa Moyo and Bettany Hughes

Sunday 15 October

Ian Mcewan in conversation with Geordie Greig
The works, the prizes, the films…Ian McEwan’s life in books

PANEL: A very Cliveden topic: politics, sex and scandal
All about our favourite dangerous liaisons
Chair: Michael Gove MP
Panellists: Richard Davenport-HinesSuzannah LipscombJohn Preston and Hallie Rubenhold

PANEL: Topsy –turvy politics and the new world order: a look at Brexit and what’s nexit
Chair: Sarah Vine
Panellists: Michael Gove MPKwasi Kwarteng MPAnne McElvoyStephen Pollard and Benjamin Wegg-Prosser

The full programme can be viewed here:


Saturday £95, Sunday £85, Weekend £170. Buy tickets here.

Student card holders will receive a 50% discount.

Ticket price includes access to all the events on the day of entry.

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