Cambridge Literary Festival

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Spring Festival 2024

Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 April


We look forward to welcoming back bestselling and much-loved American author Armistead Maupin. Caroline Lucas the first and only Green Party MP, who is stepping down next year, will also be joining us.

Other names include –  Margaret Drabble, Joelle Taylor, Jackie Kay, Christian Lewis, George the Poet, Sathnam Sanghera, Naomi Alderman and Helen Lederer.

Livestream events

If getting to Cambridge to watch events in person is proving difficult, then why not watch from home. We have a limited number of events available to watch live online. Where possible we will be filming as many events as we can and uploading them to the CLF Player as soon as we can after the festival.

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CLF supporting LGBT+ History Month

Claiming our past – Celebrating our present – Creating our future

LGBT+ History Month is for everyone. It is celebrated every February across the UK and was founded in 2004 by Schools OUT UK.

CLF are proud to support LGBT+ writers and invite you to watch of listen to some free events from our recordings archive.

One-Off Events coming up

Why not make an evening of it, come to both events on the same night and get 25% off the combined ticket price!

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Missed an event? Catch up with CLF Player.

Don’t worry – you can watch and listen to over 300 events from previous festivals with our CLF Player.

For just £15 a year you can listen or watch award winning authors anytime, on any device from anywhere in the world.

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Download or order a copy of the Programme

If you would like a to download the programme, or you would like a copy of it posted to you, you can do so here.

Friends will receive a free copy, you do not need to order one.

There is a small £2 charge for non-members to cover postage and handling.

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Trust – the free non-fiction magazine from Baillie Gifford

Baillie Gifford is a long-term supporter of the festival and other literary events around the UK.

Trust magazine is full of insightful articles exploring the ideas transforming how we live and work.

Find out about the sources of disruption in our fast-changing world from features about pioneering companies and conversations with visionary authors. You can also access regular book-related giveaways and hear from the winners of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

Thanks to our supporters and partners