An twice a year literature festival held in the spring and winter in Cambridge and surrounding area. From poetry to politics, fiction to finance, history to hip-hop and comedy to current affairs, Cambridge Literary Festival brings an eclectic mix of today’s best writers, thinkers and speakers to Cambridge all year round. Established in 2003 as “Wordfest” before re-branding as Cambridge Literary Festival and becoming a registered charity in 2014, it delivers two literary festivals each year: the main Spring Festival in April and the weekend Winter Festival in November.
When? April 16-19th April, 2020
Where? Cambridge at the historic ADC Theatre and the University’s McCrum and Babbage lecture theatres
Who? 2020 TBA
Festival Website: Cambridge Literary Festival
Facebook? Cambridge Literary Festival
Established? The original Cambridge Wordfest was conceived and launched in 2003 by Cathy Moore with support from Cambridgeshire County Council and a small but dedicated band of friends and volunteers. The event was rebranded as the Cambridge Literary Festival in 2014.
Festival Director? 2003 -2015 Cathy Moore
Past Festival Authors?
Highlights have included Ian Rankin, Alan Hollinghurst, Alain de Botton, Cressida Cowell, – Will Hutton, Simon Armitage, Don Paterson – The Bard in Love, Stefan Collini – The Future of Our Universities, Dawn French – More than A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Ian McEwan & Sam Harris, Roger McGough, PD James & Nichola Upson, David Leigh & Luke Harding – WikiLeaks, Maggi Hambling, Mark Logue & Peter Conradi – The King’s Speech, Celia Imrie Andrew Motion, David Starkey, Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo, Libby Purves, Kamila Shamsie, Jackie Kay, Philip Ardagh, Louise Rennison, Ali Smith, C J Sansom, Gillian Slovo, Joanne Harris, Nadeem Aslam, Salley Vickers, Rebecca Abrams, Nicola Beauman, Susan Sellars, Louise Doughty, Jill Dawson , John Fardell, Mark Steel, Polly Toynbee, David Walker, A C Grayling, Jane Wilson-Howarth, Irma Kurtz, Louise FoxcroftCarol Ann Duffy, Lionel Shriver, Andrew Cowan, Kathryn Hughes, Helen Dunmore, Geraldine McCaughrean, Sandi Toksvig and Marina Lewcka.