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Literature Cambridge

With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its exploration of the best independent businesses, people, shops, cafés, restaurants, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Literature Cambridge.

One thing most people know about Cambridge is that it has the most astonishing number of world-class academic experts – in all fields from archaeology to zoology and pretty much everything in between. However, not many people realise that you don’t have to be a student at the University to get access to some of this expertise and knowledge. Take Literature Cambridge for example, with their novel idea for literary buffs.

Set up in 2015 by Trudi Tate, herself a Fellow of Clare Hall, who teaches Victorian and modern literature, Literature Cambridge launched with a series of summer schools where pupils spend a week immersed in the life and works of their favourite authors. Enlisting an impressive roster of luminaries to teach, from ground-breaking Professor Dame Gillian Beer to distinguished art historian Professor Frances Spalding, Trudi’s inaugural summer course on Virginia Woolf in 2016 was a resounding success. Two summer courses usually run every year and attract a wide range of students from home and abroad. These are due to resume in 2022.

Literature Cambridge has now started an exciting series of Online Study Sessions. These attract literature enthusiasts from all over the world as well as locally. A group of superb lecturers, all with a Cambridge connection, provide top quality lectures and seminars, live online via Zoom. There is a great range of literary topics: Shakespeare's King Lear and Hamlet, Dickens and George Eliot, EM Forster, Katherine Mansfield, Toni Morrison and Angela Carter, and more. Find out more here.

From October 2021 to May 2022, the second Virginia Woolf Season takes place, studying key themes in the writings of Virginia Woolf, focusing on a single book in each session.. You can book for as many or as few sessions as you like. Places are limited and sessions often sell out.

A Women Writers Season will start late this summer (2021), studying Elizabeth Bowen, Radclyffe Hall, Zora Neale Hurston, Rosamund Lehmann, Jean Rhys, May Sinclair, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and many others.

Literature Cambridge runs a fantastic series of in-person Study Days. These are currently paused and are due to resume in 2021 at Kettle's Yard.

Literature Cambridge
Tel: 01223 324960


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