Cliveden Literary Festival

The extraordinary literary festival returns to Cliveden stately home!

Robert Harris, Tina Brown, Sebastian Faulks, Antonia Fraser, Ian McEwan and Michael Gove are amongst stars of literature, politics and history appearing at England’s most glamorous stately home on October 14th-15th.

Cliveden is a unique setting for a festival where guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the greatest writers of our time in the glorious gardens and magnificent staterooms of this 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.

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 Cafe’s Ruth 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.


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.

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Cliveden, the magnificent country house with an extraordinary 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.

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