Become a patron

“A faithful friend is a strong defense;
And he that hath found him hath found a treasure.”
– Louise May Alcott

Our Patrons are at the heart of an active community of book lovers, literary enthusiasts and the intellectually curious whose generous giving helps us celebrate the power of the written word through the spoken word, and create those pure-gold literary moments of live author-audience interaction.

As a Patron of Cambridge Literary Festival, you are pledging your support to help us bring some of today’s brightest minds and best writers to the Cambridge Literary Festival stage. In the last year, we have hosted two record-breaking festivals, plus one-off events including Nobel Prize Winning Literature Laureate Svetlana Alexievich, international feminist icon Gloria Steinem, best-selling writer Zadie Smith and Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty. We currently receive no public funding, so your generous support really does help. Plus, as a thank you for support, we offer a range of Patron benefits including free tickets and invitations to special receptions.

If you would like to become a Patron of the Festival and donate £500 or above please contact us on 01223 515335 or

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With thanks to our current Patrons

Anonymous Patron
Daphne Astor
Gerald Avison
Andrew & Fiona Blake
Chadwyck-Healey Charitable Trust
Peter Coomber
Adam Glinsman
Catherine Lucas
Sarah Lucas
Louise Makin
Allison Pearson
Sian Reid
Sarah Street
Paul Taylor

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