2024: Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Screenwriter and novelist

On becoming Guest Director, Frank says

"What a thrill and what a challenge to be asked to help put together Brighton Festival 2024. In the 70s Keith Waterhouse famously said, “Without putting your finger on it, you always get the feeling that Brighton is up to something.”  In 2024 I’m hoping that Brighton is up FOR something - for everything.  Brighton’s a special place - with its love of liberty, style and the salty sea.  Unlike nearly everywhere else in Britain, Brighton seems to look to the future. That spring in Brighton’s elegant step is hope. If we can celebrate that for a few days then maybe we can spread a little seaside illumination over the rest of the land."