Literature Festival at Sea 2021.

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

November 14–21, 2021, Queen Mary 2.

This extraordinary Transatlantic Crossing is curated by the programming team from The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, bringing the spirit of the Festival to your voyage.

A line-up of literary greats.

The Literature Festival at Sea offers book lovers an incredible opportunity to join some of the best-loved authors, historians, poets, and critics, as well as journalists fom The Times and The Sunday Times. Confirmed speakers so far include Bernardine Evaristo, Lynda La Plante and Jamie Susskind.

Events to enrich and inspire.

Throughout the week we celebrate 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. There will be opportunities to hear literary greats in conversation and meet favourite authors at intimate book signings.

With unmissable special guests and bookish delights around every corner, this promises to be an incredible journey.

Special guests on board.

Bernardine Evaristo MBE.

British writer Bernardine Evaristo was a joint winner of the Booker Prize 2019 with her book Girl, Woman, Other, making her the first black woman to win the prize in its 51-year history.

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Clare Mackintosh.

Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go which, as well as her second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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Jamie Susskind.

Jamie's bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, was published in 2018. This work received the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2019, and several other prizes.

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Lynda La Plante CBE.

Lynda trained for the stage before turning to writing. Starting with her work on the successful TV series Widows, she has written and produced over 170 hours of international television.

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Sharmaine Lovegrove.

Sharmaine is the Publisher of Dialogue Books, the UK’s only inclusive imprint. She was the recipient of the Future Book Publishing Person of the Year 2018/19 and is inspired by innovative storytelling.

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Jane Smiley.

Jane Smiley is the author of many novels, including Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres and Golden Age, the concluding volume of 'The Last Hundred Years' trilogy.

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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.