Cliveden Literary Festival 14 October

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017 

On Saturday 14 October, Cliveden House – one of England’s most glamorous stately homes – opens its doors to the public for the inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival

Robert Harris, Tina Brown, Sebastian Faulks, Amanda Foreman, Ruth Rogers, Howard Jacobson, Antonia Fraser, Ian McEwan and Michael Gove are a small selection of the stars of literature, politics and history appearing at the two-day event.

Set in the stately rooms of the magnificent Grade 1 Listed house and its glorious National Trust gardens, the festival will celebrate Cliveden’s rich literary heritage and extraordinary history of politics and intrigue. Themes span high politics and low scandal, Russia since the revolution, Zionism, women in power, how to put history on screen, and art and exhibitionism. 

 Programme highlights include:

 ·         Howard Jacobson on his savage Trump satire Pussy

 ·         Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan discussing his life in books

 ·         From Birdsong to Where My Heart Used to Beat, Sebastian Faulks on his enduring obsession with love and war

 ·         Tina Brown reflects on an ever-changing career, before the publication of her Vanity Fair Diaries later this year

 ·         Michael Gove joins a high-profile discussion on Brexit, with Kwasi Kwarteng

 ·         GQ Editor and author Dylan Jones on his biography of the legendary musician David Bowie

 ·         Ruth Rogers talks 30 years of the River Café with Simon Schama

 ·         Robert Harris speaks to Frances Osborne about his new novel Munich, set during the countdown to WWII

 ·         Amanda Foreman, author of The Duchess and Daisy Goodwin, author of Victoria, discuss putting history on screen

 ·         Lord Jacob Rothschild leads a debate on how the Balfour Declaration changed the history of the Middle East, with novelist Howard Jacobson and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore

 ·         Michael Gove looks at some of Britain’s favourite dangerous liaisons with authors Richard Davenport-Hines, Suzannah Lipscomb, John Preston and Hallie Rubenhold

·         Simon Sebag Montefiore examines a century of Russia, from Tsars and Lenin to Putin and Trump, with Anne Applebaum, Victor Sebestyen, Robert Service and Radek Sikorski

 ·         Nick Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery discusses how the treasures of the past shape our future, with Yana Peel, CEO of the Serpentine Galleries and Hannah Rothschild, Chair of the Trustees of the National Gallery


Natalie Livingstone, Chairman of the festival, comments, “Anyone who has been to Cliveden will know that it is one of the most intoxicating places to be and I’m thrilled to welcome readers here for the first ever Cliveden Literary Festival. We are all set for a weekend of literary treats, fierce debates and sparkling discussion that will revive Cliveden’s reputation as a political literary salon.

Cliveden, the magnificent Berkshire country house with its history of politics, intrigue, sex and scandal has inspired generations of literary giants from Alexander Pope to Tennyson, Kipling and Churchill. Built in 1666 by the second Duke of Buckingham Cliveden has hosted every monarch from Charles II to our present Queen. Woven into the rich tapestry of its history are colourful and controversial characters from royal mistresses to Nancy Astor, Britain’s first female MP – and Christine Keeler, whose poolside encounter with John Profumo brought down a government

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

The full line-up for the inaugural festival is as follows

Anne Applebaum  *  Tina Brown  *  Helen Castor  *  Brendan Coyle  *  Nicholas Cullinan  *  Richard Davenport-Hines  *  Allie Esiri  *  Sir Harold Evans  *  Sebastian Faulks  *  Amanda Foreman    Antonia Fraser  *  Daisy Goodwin  *  Michael Gove  *  Geordie Greig  *  Miriam Gross  *  Robert Harris *  Bettany Hughes  *  Howard Jacobson  *  Simon Jenkins  *  Dylan Jones  *  Kwasi Kwarteng  *  Anton Lesser  *  Suzannah Lipscomb  *  Natalie Livingstone  *  Ian McEwan  *  Dambisa Moyo  *  Frances Osborne  *  Catherine Ostler  *  Yana Peel  *  Stephen Pollard  *  John Preston  *  Helen Rappaport  David Reynolds  *  Andrew Roberts  *  Ruth Rogers  *  Hannah Rothschild  *  Jacob Rothschild   *   Hallie Rubenhold  *  Simon Schama  *  Simon Sebag Montefiore  *  Radek Sikorski  *  Victor Sebestyen  *  Robert Service  *  Sarah Vine  *  Ben Wegg-Prosser.