Explore Indie Cambridge - Cambridge Literary Festival

Founder Cathy Moore (3rd left) and Cambridge Literary Festival team

With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Cambridge Literary Festival, whose Winter Festival takes place this coming weekend (29 November - 1 December).

With so many famous authors linked to our university city, it’s hardly surprising that Cambridge has been home to a fantastic literary festival since 2003.

But it’s not just Cambridge alumni who return to the city for the annual celebration of literature. Cambridge Literary Festival has hosted an impressive line-up of speakers since it began in 2003, and the winter instalment of this year’s Festival is as unmissable as ever. The programme of events takes place across the city from Friday 29 November – Saturday 1 December. With a host of speakers, from novelists and broadcasters to political commentators and scientists, the festival provides fascinating performances to be enjoyed in some of the city’s most beautiful colleges and historic buildings.

You can hear Ian McEwan make his debut solo appearance at the festival, listen to broadcaster George Alagiah switch from fact to fiction and wonder at the marvels of the natural world with scientist Steve Jones. Ticktes are still available for many events.

Leading the festival team is founder and director Cathy Moore. Originally established as ‘Wordfest’, the festival became a registered charity under its current name in 2014 and relies on the support of ticket sales, volunteers and its partners to continue.
Every year the team brings hundreds of writers to Cambridge for the twice a year festival and its calendar of one-off events, which are held throughout the year to celebrate new publications or to welcome international authors who are visiting the city.

If you miss the winter festival, there is the spring event in April to look forward to. Details will be announced nearer the time at www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com. And if you want to support this inspiring event there are lots of ways to get involved, including volunteer opportunities as a festival and event steward or by becoming a Festival Friend.

With so many great speakers to enjoy on our doorsteps, Cambridge Literary Festival is a treat for all.

Festival Office, 7 Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EL
Telephone 01223 515335
Box office 01223 357851


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