Cunard’s Literature Festival at Sea ·

Cunard’s Literature Festival at Sea

Following last year’s roaring success, ‘The Cunard and Cheltenham Literature Festival at Sea in collaboration with The Times and Sunday Times Event Voyage’ returns in 2020 with an impressive line-up.

The event, curated by the programming team at Cheltenham the Literature Festival, will headline award-winning authors Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith and Prue Leith on the seven-night extravaganza.

They will be joined by, amongst others, Kate Mosse OBE, Joanne Harris, Simon Armitage, Pam Ayers and Alan Johnson.

Alexander McCall Smith said: “On the great liners of the past, people had time to read books and talk about them. What a magnificent thing it is that Cunard has decided to recreate this. I look forward immensely to meeting readers, talking about books, and watching the broad Atlantic go by.”

Returning for its second year, the Literature Festival at Sea kicks off on the 1 of December 2020 with a seven day programme of literary events including talks and work-shops as Queen Mary 2 sails from Southampton to New York.

Throughout the week guests can listen to some of literature’s greatest writers in conversation and have the chance to meet them at intimate author signings.

Prue Leith said, “It’s been a dream to cross the pond on the Queen Mary 2. I love literary festivals because the audience are interesting readers, and one’s fellow speakers are, like me, delighted to take a break from solitary writing and join the chatting, eating, drinking real world — if a luxury liner par excellence can be called the real world.”

The festival will also review some of the finest reads of the past 12 months from both sides of the Atlantic.

Lee Powell, Vice President Brand and Product, Cunard said: “Our week-long literary festival is a celebration for book-lovers in a completely unique setting as they sail across the Atlantic on board the stunning ocean liner Queen Mary 2. This is a perfect setting for authors, poets, actors and artists to gather for a week of readings, talks, debates and special events.”

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About Cheltenham Literature Festival:
The 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.

About Cunard:

Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 175 years of operation in 2015. A pioneer in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia. In 2017, Cunard announced plans to add a fourth ship to its fleet that will be launched in 2022.  This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 2000 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service. Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998.

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