About us

About the Festival
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, we deliver two literary festivals each year: our main Spring Festival in April and our weekend Winter Festival in November. In addition to two major annual festivals, we host one-off events to celebrate new publications with authors such as Zadie Smith or Colm Tóibín, or to host international authors visiting the UK such as Margaret Atwood, Svetlana Alexievich and David Miliband.

Wimpole History Festival
In July 2017, Cambridge Literary Festival launched the first ever Wimpole History Festival in partnership with the National Trust. Held in the beautiful grounds of Wimpole Estate on the outskirts of Cambridge, the festival was a feast of history and heritage for the whole family and hosted talks from authors such as Lucy Worsley, Andrew Marr and David Olusoga plus living history, sword school, falconry and pop-up food and craft stalls. The most recent festival took place Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2019.

Company and Charity Information
In 2013, Cambridge Literary Festival became a registered charity no. 1153944. Our aims and objects are 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. Company Registration No. 06599041.

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Festival Team

Festival Director
Cathy Moore

Finance Manager
Jackie Latham

Festival Manager
Mo Soper


Festival Board

Sian Reid

Board Members
Rob Cameron
Julia Collins
Karen Duffy
Jeremy Newsum
Andrea Reiner
John Stanton
Katie Taylor
Peter Taylor

Company Secretary
Kevin Jones




Honorary Patrons

Dame Gillian Beer
Melissa Benn
Jill Dawson
Sophie Hannah
Dame Margaret Drabble
Robert Macfarlane
Robert McCrum
Allison Pearson
Rowan Pelling
David Reynolds
David Runciman
Ruth Scurr
Ali Smith
Frances Spalding
Preti Taneja
Anna Whitelock
Bee Wilson

Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities

From time to time we advertise vacancies and we recruit volunteers all year round. Please check our Opportunities page for more information.

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