In partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Proud partners of the world renowned literary festival, bringing you the written word in all its wonderful variety.

Cheltenham Literature Festival - 7 – 16 October 2022.

Cunard has been partnered with 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, we are delighted to present a series of special Author events at the world’s oldest literary Festival including names such as Alan Titchmarsh, Ian Rankin and Victoria Hislop, to name a few, as well as the VIP Lounge in partnership with Cunard.

Literature Festival at Sea 2022 and 2023 - a journey like no other.

We are proud to host the Literature Festival at Sea on board Queen Mary 2, taking place in December 2022 and November 2023. Special guests for 2022 include worldwide bestselling author Ian Rankin as well as classicist Mary Beard. In 2023, we’re delighted to welcome on board gardener and broadcaster turned author, Alan Titchmarsh and and crime Novelist Richard Osman, with more guests to be announced in the coming months.

Author events supported by Cunard.

The Sunday Papers with Marcus Brigstocke.

On Sunday 9 October, Marcus Brigstocke hosts a panel of special guests to discuss the week’s top news stories as featured in the Sunday papers.

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Literature’s Worst Agony Aunt.

Reigning champion Caroline O’Donoghue, Sebastian Faulks, James Marriott, and Clare Clark join Caroline Hutton on Sunday 9 October for this classic literature debate about which bookish character you would least want to give you life advice. Sebastian Faulks was a guest on Queen Mary 2’s Literature Festival at Sea 2019 voyage.

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Ian Rankin.

Ian Rankin makes his highly-anticipated return to Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 15 October, to talk to about his brand new John Rebus thriller, A Heart Full of Headstones. Ian Rankin is a multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller and boasts 30 novels translated into 36 languages and we’re delighted to welcome him on board Queen Mary 2’s Literature Festival at Sea 2022.

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Lunch with Alan Titchmarsh.

On Sunday 16 October, author, broadcaster and celebrated gardener Alan Titchmarsh will be chatting about his love of writing over Sunday lunch as he presents his new novel, The Gift. Alan Titchmarsh will be joining Queen Mary 2’s Literature Festival at Sea crossing in November 2023.

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Celebrate with... Victoria Hislop.

On Sunday 16 October, award-winning author Victoria Hislop will be joined by an intimate audience as she discusses her career-defining book, The Island and answers questions over a glass of fizz with Alex Clark. Victoria was a guest on Queen Mary 2’s Literature Festival at Sea, in 2019.

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Desert Island books: Ian Hislop.

On Sunday 16 October, Clare Clark is joined by journalist Ian Hislop as he conquers the tough challenge of choosing just six books to accompany him on a desert island, following in the footsteps of previous Cheltenham Literature Festival castaways, Sebastian Faulks and Ian Rankin.

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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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