Literature Festival at Sea 2022.

In partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Times and The Sunday Times.

3 - 10 December 2022, Queen Mary 2.

This extraordinary Transatlantic Crossing, curated by the programming team of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, will offer book lovers an incredible opportunity to join some of the best-loved authors, historians, poets, and critics, as well as journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times, bringing the spirit of the Festival to your voyage.

A line-up of literary greats.

The seven-day programme of literary events celebrates the written word in all its variety with workshops, discussions and Q&As taking in literature, art, film, history, and politics, all underpinned by the quality of delivery that is Cheltenham’s hallmark. Hear literary greats in conversation and meet your favourite authors at intimate book signings.

There will be bookish delights around every corner, so join us for what promises to be an incredible journey.

Special guests on board.

Ian Rankin.

Ian Rankin is the worldwide bestselling author of over thirty novels and the creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, stage and screen.

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Charles Cumming.

Charles Cumming's experiences working for the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) led to a successful writing career. His novels have been translated into thirteen languages and won him the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

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Mary Beard.

Dame Mary Beard is one of Britain's best-known Classicists. Her written work includes the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town, and she has also worked in television, presenting several TV series such as Meet the Romans.

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Highlights of the 2019 Literature Festival at Sea.

Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the world’s oldest Literature Festival and continues to lead the way in celebrating the written and spoken word.

The Festival presents the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of books through their year-round education and talent development programmes.

Discover our unique event voyages.