In partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Proud partners of the most renowned literary festival in the UK: bringing you the written word in all its wonderful variety.

About the partnership.

Cunard has been a partner of The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival since 2018, developing the first Literature Festival at Sea on board Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossing.

On land, Cunard is proud to be part of the world’s oldest literary festival, presenting a series of special Author Events, including names such as Sebastian Faulks, Victoria Hislop and Anthony Horowitz, to name a few.

Literature Festival at Sea 2022 - a journey like no other.

We are also proud to announce the Literature Festival at sea 2022, taking place in December. Special guests include previous Cunard guest Ian Rankin and classicist Mary Beard, with more to be announced in the coming months.

Cheltenham Literature Festival, 8-17 October 2021.

For literature-lovers everywhere, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the perfect place to be. Still leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, the world’s first literature festival will Read the World, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers.

Read below to discover six exciting Cunard-sponsored events, or visit the website for more information about this year's festival.

Dawn French and Bernadine Evaristo - 9th October.

Comedian and actress Dawn French and 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo talk about their bestselling novels which narrate tales of women’s experiences. This will be a unique opportunity to hear two of the nation’s favourites in a wide ranging and thought-provoking conversation.

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Richard Osman - 10th October.

The popular Pointless host burst onto the book scene last autumn with The Thursday Murder Club, which became the fastest-selling adult crime debut since records began. 12 months on, Richard returns to Cheltenham to reflect on the book’s remarkable success and introduce the next instalment.

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Kate Mosse and Michael Rosen - 14th October.

When loved ones become ill and need to be cared for, navigating this relationship can be tricky. Sharing their touching, personal stories of caring and being cared for, bestselling author Kate Mosse and national treasure Michael Rosen join Cathy Rentzenbrink to discuss finding joy in the complexity of caring.   

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John Le Carre: Last words - 15th October

The book world was abuzz when it was announced that master spy writer John le Carré had left a last unpublished complete novel, Silverview. In an exclusive Festival event, his long-time literary agent and friend Jonny Geller, leading spy writer Mick Herron and next-generation spy writer Charlotte Philby celebrate Silverview’s publication and reflect on a remarkable life in letters.

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Maggie O'Farrell - Desert Island Books - 15th October.

A rare chance to hear about the personal reading habits of award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell, as she shares which six titles (and one music track) she would take with her to a desert island. She joins Marie Moser, owner of her local bookshop, The Edinburgh Bookshop, to reflect on the books that shaped a remarkable literary life.

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Meet the Literary Editors - 16th October.

What does the average day of a literary editor hold? Join Robbie Millen and Andrew Holgate (Literary Editors of The Times and The Sunday Times respectively) as they provide behind-the-scenes insights into life on the pages of a book, and give their tips about what to read this autumn.

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Highlights of the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020.

Be inspired.

The Cunard experience has been enjoyed by not just authors, but Hollywood stars, presidents and royalty for 180 years. Delve into more articles from our archives and discover unique Cunard recipes you can try yourself at home.

Cunard celebrates 180 years.

Discover the extraordinary moments that define our past and continue to inspire our future.

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Famous faces on the high seas.

Historian Chris Frame offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of Cunard's famous passengers in the first instalment of our two-part series.

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Tea time.

Uncover the origins of Afternoon Tea - a celebrated occasion on the Cunard Queens - and learn how to make our delicious Cunard scones.

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