Cliveden Literary Festival – 14/15 October

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On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017 , the inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival will take place. 

Robert Harris, Tina Brown, Sebastian Faulks, Antonia Fraser and Ian McEwan are amongst stars of literature, politics and history who will be appearing over the weekend.

Cliveden is the unique setting for the festival where guests will have the opportunity to meet some amazing writers in the stunning gardens and staterooms of the Grade 1 Listed house.

Over two days, events at the festival range from:


Howard Jacobson savages Trump; Michael Gove on how to make a scandal in politics; Kwasi Kwarteng on the high stakes of British politics today, while Sarah Vine arbitrates.

Tina Brown
Tina Brown

Powerful Women

Reflecting Cliveden’s past as the crucible of female power brokers, the festival celebrates female trailblazers and pioneers including Tina Brown, the editor who saved Vanity Fair; The River CafeRuth Rogers, the restauranteur who reinvented how Britain eats; and historian Amanda Foreman on how Keira Knightley became her Duchess.


Andrew Roberts talks to Antonia Fraser, the Grande Dame of historical biography; Simon Sebag Montefiore leads a discussion on a century of Russian revolution, and debates the status of the Middle East a hundred years after the Balfour Declaration.

Robert Harris
Robert Harris


Acclaimed thriller writer Robert Harris, Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan, and literary icon and author of Birdsong Sebastian Faulks on the secrets of their craft.

Art & Exhibitionism

The Serpentine Gallery’s Yana Peel, the National Gallery’s Hannah Rothschild and the National Portrait Gallery’s Nicholas Cullinan reveal how the treasures of the past and present shape our future.

To see the full programme  visit:

We at MyMarlow will keep you posted of more details as we get closer to the event!

The Cliveden Literary Festival is supported by The National Trust and presented in association with Champagne Taittinger, Citi Private Bank, Iconic Luxury Hotels and John Sandoe Books.

Tickets: Saturday £95; Sunday  £85; Weekend  £170 
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Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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