Literature Festival at Sea 2023.

Find yourself absorbed in a true literary haven, surrounded by fellow book lovers on board the 2023 Literature Festival at Sea. This event, curated by the programming team of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, sees authors, poets, journalists, critics, and historians unite, bringing the spirit of the Festival to your voyage.

19-26 November 2023, Queen Mary 2.

Take your Cunard voyage to new heights thanks to this seven-day programme of inspiring events designed to celebrate the written word in all its variety. Guests include bestselling authors Lynda La Plante, Kate Mosse and Anthony Beevor; journalists Julia Wheeler, Daniel Finkelstein and Alex Clark; literary agent Luigi Bonomi; and former Home Secretary and author Alan Johnson, to name just a few. Start your morning with a daily dose of the news from The Times journalists, before losing yourself in thought-provoking conversation at workshops, Q&A sessions, and speaker events that cover all manner of subjects, both fact and fiction. Listen as literary greats discuss books, art, film, history, and politics, and meet your favourite writers at intimate book signings. Find bookish delights around every corner on this voyage that promises to both elevate and inspire.

Special guests.

Alan Johnson - Former political figure and author of award-winning memoir trilogy,The Boy, Please Mr Postman and The Long and Winding Road
Lynda La Plante CBE – Multi -award winning screenwriter of Widow and Prime Suspect.
Greg Mosse - Writer and ‘encourager of writers’, and founder of the Criterion New Writing script development programme
Kate Mosse - (pictured) International bestselling author of multimillion-selling Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel)
Clare Mackintosh - Multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, The Sunday Times bestseller
Jamie Susskind – Barrister and author of the award-winning bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

Yvonne Battle-Felton - Women’s Prize for Fiction longlisted writer of fiction and creative non- fiction.
Anthony Beevor - Award-winning author whose titles include Crete, Stalingrad and The Battle for Spain
Luigi Bonomi – Former Editorial Director for Penguin Books and literary agent to Sir Terry Wogan, Kirstie Allsopp, and Alan Titchmarsh
Alex Clark - Journalist and broadcaster featured in The Guardian, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement
Artemis Cooper - (pictured) Author of Cairo in the War, 1939-1945; Writing at the Kitchen Table and Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949
Daniel Finkelstein OBE - Associate Editor, Columnist and Lead Writer for The Times
Jason Solomons - Film critic, journalist, broadcaster and author

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.