1 - 8 December 2020, Queen Mary 2.
With a seven-day programme of literary events, talks and workshops, the Literature Festival at Sea will celebrate the written word in all its wonderful variety. Returning for its second year, the festival is run in partnership with The Cheltenham Literature Festival and The Times and The Sunday Times.
We will be joined on board by some of the worlds’ best novelists, historians, poets, and critics including bestselling authors Ian Rankin, Kate Mosse, Alexander McCall Smith, Prue Leith, Rachel Joyce, Alan Johnson, Joanne Harris and Mark Billingham; poet and broadcaster Pam Ayres; editor and dramaturge Greg Mosse; and your favourite Times journalists will be coming along too.
Throughout the week we will hear some of our literary greats in conversation about their life and work and get the chance to meet them at intimate author signings. Sailing in December 2020, we'll get into the festive spirit with readings celebrating the best Christmas scenes in literature, from Rudyard Kipling's Christmas in India to P.G. Wodehouse's lament about Christmas on a diet.
We'll be reviewing the biggest news stories of the year with our Times columnists and analysing the truth behind the headlines; there will be a programme of workshops and master-classes for budding writers. Hear our literary editors and critics pick their best books of the year or have a reading list tailor-made for you by our resident bibliotherapists. There will be bookish delights around every corner so join us for what promises to be an incredible journey.
Special guests on board.
Alexander McCall Smith.
* Photograph by Ian Robinson