About the festival

Cambridge Literary Festival is the foremost literary festival in the Eastern region. Established in 2003, it delivers two festivals a year plus one-off events and presents a dynamic range of high-profile participants across the worlds of literature, media, science, history, politics, poetry, philosophy and children’s authors. In 2013 the festival became a registered charity with its objects being the advancement of education for the benefit of the public by the promotion of literature, language and the arts through a literary festival in Cambridge.

The festival continues to be a big event run by a small, hardworking team. If you’d like to help us ensure the festival will continue for another dozen years and more, please consider supporting us through becoming a Friend of the Festival. Click HERE to find out more.

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Honorary Patrons

Dame Gillian Beer
Melissa Benn
Jill Dawson
Dame Margaret Drabble
Sophie Hannah
Robert McFarlane
Robert McCrum
Allison Pearson
David Reynolds
David Runciman
Ruth Scurr
Ali Smith
Frances Spalding
Anna Whitelock

Board Members

Denise Augar
Julia Collins
Richard Collins
Jill Dawson
Angel Gurría- Quintana
Sian Reid
Andrea Reiner
Sue Richards
John Stanton
Peter Taylor

Festival Team

Festival Director
Cathy Moore

Festival Manager
Anna Millward

Festival Administrator
Heather Stallard

Company Secretary
Jane Dix

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